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Classic car parade held to mark opening of G-Ring Road.

A new expressway that is expected to cut commuting time to Hamad International Airport (HIA), the Religious Complex and the Industrial Area has officially opened to traffic.

The QR4 billion G-Ring Road is south of Doha, and in part runs parallel to Salwa Road.

It is 22km long and stretches from near the airport to the new Orbital Highway, Ashghal said.

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G-Ring Road

The road has five lanes in each direction and contains eight main interchanges, some of them four levels high.

Because there are no roundabouts or signals, the expressway is expected to cut commuting times in half for traffic heading from Salwa, Al Rayyan or Dukhan to HIA, according to Ashghal.

Wakrah/Wukair

The road sits off of Barwa Village, Barwa City, Barwa Al Baraha, the Qatar Racing Club and the upcoming Logistics Village.

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G-Ring interchanges

Later this year, Al Wakrah and Wukair residents will be able to benefit from the road after the Al Wakrah Bypass opens, officials said.

G-Ring will be linked to the bypass through the new Umm Beshr Interchange, a four-level 36m junction that includes the tallest bridge in Qatar.

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Wakrah/Wukair links

However, there were some reports of traffic jams on the bridge last night in the area.

Meanwhile, some 48km of pedestrian and cyclist paths are also part of the road.

All of G-Ring’s interchanges should be completely finished by July, Ashghal said.

Have you tried G-Ring yet? Thoughts?

Kahramaa

Kahramaa Awareness Park rendering

The wait is almost over.

A futuristic-looking education center in Al Thumama is expected to finally open its doors to the public next week, officials have announced.

When it launches on the heels of Earth Day, the Kahramaa Awareness Park will teach adults and children about electricity and water conservation through exhibitions and 3D films.

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Kahramaa Awareness Park

Opening hours for the public haven’t been announced just yet.

The park will officially open on Monday, April 24, to VIPs and others who will mark the fifth birthday of Kahramaa’s conservation program Tarsheed.

Through Tarsheed, authorities have been trying to get residents to use less water and energy.

It does this through both public education campaigns and fines for wastage.

Consumption woes

Conservation is more important than ever for Qatar, which saw its water consumption jump 70 percent in the past decade.

Even with the expansion of desalination plants, the dramatic increase means the country is running out of fresh water for drinking and farming.

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Tarsheed campaign

Qatar has set specific water and power reduction targets through 2018, and is currently working to meet these goals.

In an encouraging sign, officials said last year that per-person electricity use declined by 14 percent from 2013 to 2016.

And per capita water consumption fell by 17 percent between April 2012 and November 2015.

Delays

The awareness park is located on Najma St. off of E-Ring Road, and is equipped with solar panels and wind turbines to make it more environmentally friendly.

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Kahramaa Awareness Park

It was originally supposed to begin educating people about energy usage in 2013.

But its opening was repeatedly pushed back for several reasons.

Previously, organizers said the launch was delayed because it took time to import exhibition materials and models from abroad.

Most recently, it was slated to open last fall, before being delayed again.

Thoughts?

QNA

Qatar’s Emir checks out model of Doha Metro train

With only two and a half years to go before the Doha Metro opens to passenger traffic, Qatar’s Emir was briefed this week on the progress that has been made so far.

Yesterday, transport officials brought Sheikh Tamim up to speed on passenger services, the upcoming train designs and safety and security equipment, QNA reports.

He also viewed models of the Doha Metro and Lusail Light Rail Transit system and its various cabins, including first class, family and standard seating.

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Doha Metro rendering

Additionally, he was updated by Ashghal about its upcoming projects.

Before leaving, he urged officials to “speed up infrastructure projects of various types” and “to enhance the welfare of citizens and meet their needs,” QNA reports.

Coming up

The first phase of the Doha Metro is set to open to passengers at the beginning of 2020.

Tunneling on the public transportation network was completed at a breakneck pace last year, and work is now underway to set up some 37 stations across three lines.

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Construction at Green Line -Education City stop

On its website, Qatar Rail offers a peek at what’s going on behind the safety hoardings set up at each station.

It looks like work is well underway, including on the Green Line at Education City, the Msheireb Red Line station and the Gold Line’s Al Saad stop.

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First phase of Doha Metro stops

Tracks have also already been laid at some of the few aboveground metro stations.

Officials said previously said that by the end of this year, the company aims to finish 70 percent of the public transport project. This entails:

  • Completing track installation works;
  • Taking delivery of the first four of its 75 driverless trains in Doha; and
  • Awarding key operator contracts.

When it opens, the metro will also connect to two other separate rail projects.

They are the Lusail light-rail line, which contractors say will be operational by 2020; and a long-distance passenger and freight service linking to the GCC rail, whose timetable remains unknown.

Thoughts?