Public beaches in Qatar losing their appeal
Though Qatar has numerous public beaches, little is being done to improve their services and facilities. Members of the Central Municipal Council (CMC) have hence called for major facelifts of existing beaches to attract more tourists and visitors, according to a report in Qatar Tribune.
The beaches that that are on high priority include those in Shamal, Al Wakrah and Mesaieed. Regarding the Shamal beaches, the major concern was accessibility, said Saad bin Ali al Naimi, a CMC member representing Shamal city. The roads leading to the beaches are often dotted with rocks, limiting access to only four-wheelers. Other issues concerning public beaches include littering and poor waste disposal facilities.
On a similar note, Al Wakrah beach seems to be losing its sheen due to the increasing litter of dead fish that are often washed ashore, according to a report in Al Watan. The foul odour emanating from them has forced residents to stay away. Stricter fishing regulations and practices have been called upon. Read the full report in Qatar Tribune here.
The growing bulk of waste
Qatar has always struggled with its solid waste management. The country produces more than 2.5 million tonnes of ‘municipal solid waste’ (or garbage) every year, which is roughly 7,000 tonnes of waste a day, out of which only 8% is recycled. The Ministry of Environment says the average person in Qatar generates around 1.6 kg of domestic waste each day.
A solid step that Qatar took in the direction of waste management was the setting up of the integrated Domestic Solid Waste Management Centre (DSWMC) in Mesaieed in 2011, which receives 1,500-1,700 tonnes of waste per day.
Read JustHere’s complete lowdown on the ‘waste cycle’ in Qatar.