Qatar maintains some lush, green parks despite the Gulf state’s hot climate. These open spaces have jogging trails for those looking for a place to keep active, while some keep kids entertained with pretty features and playgrounds. If you prefer a leisurely activity, unwind with a cup of coffee at a parkside café.
We’ve selected some of the most enjoyable and relaxing parks in Qatar. Each park is unique for its activities, sights, vegetation, and facilities. You’re sure to find a beautiful public garden in Qatar.
Aspire Park is huge – it measures an impressive 88 hectares – and offers a wide range of activities for sports lovers in Qatar. This buzzing area is around 13 km west of Doha, Qatar’s capital. Start the day with a run on the jogging track, followed by a fresh brew in the onsite café. In the evenings, people love to relax on the park benches beside the fish pond and enjoy the breeze after a long, hot day.
The park truly comes to life at night, when the large grass pitches invite you for a barbecue with views of Doha’s skyline. Don’t forget to ascend the Torch Tower, a 300-metre-tall skyscraper that has an observatory deck and a revolving restaurant with magnificent views of Doha.
Souq Waqif Park
Souq Waqif Park, a green space in the heart of Doha, is a botanists’ dream come true. Colourful flower beds pop up in the gardens near the coastline. You can also use the grass fields for games or spread your blanket for a relaxing picnic. Large fountains provide relief from the heat and fun for kids.
Many events take place at this park and the nearby Souq Waqif, including the Spring Festival which revolves around acrobatics and dance performances. In July, you can feast on date fruits during the Local Dates Festival.
Sheraton Hotel Park
Sheraton Hotel Park is, as you might have guessed from the name, just behind the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort, at the northern end of Al Corniche Street. It’s a particularly good spot for families, thanks to its large playground and 24-hour security. It regularly hosts events, many of which are family-oriented. The park has 4 levels of underground parking, with over 2,500 spaces available.
Sheraton Hotel Park spans an impressive 80,000 square metres in total, with around 34,500 square metres devoted to greenery. There are 5 water features, 12 challenges in the Fitness Zone, prayer rooms, and a wide choice of restaurants and snack kiosks.
Oxygen Park is an excellent Doha spot to get your blood pumping. This 13-hectare park in the north of Doha is aimed at sporty people – it’s equipped with jogging trails and volleyball fields. On several multi-purpose pitches, you can decide whatever game you want to play with your family and friends.
To escape the heat, you can work out at night when the tracks and facilities are lit up. After stretching the legs, you can make use of the gardens and picnic areas that surround the sport tracks. Kids will enjoy this vast park’s artificial waterfalls and playgrounds.