The Qatar Bowling Center, a long-favored haunt among residents in Doha, is slated for possible demolition in two years, the center’s marketing manager has confirmed.
Speaking to Doha News, Marilyn Kapirig said that the future of the center remains uncertain due to ongoing construction projects in the area.
“We’re here until 2017, but after that, we’re not sure. It may even happen before…anything happens anytime here.
We’re possibly going to be shifted, either to Lusail (City) or to Mesaimeer, but that’s not set in stone either.”
It’s not yet clear which project would lead to the center’s closing, but Kapirig said that development of the upcoming Doha Metro could be a possible catalyst.
The first phase of the project is expected to open to passenger traffic in 2019.
According to Qatar Rail’s website, one of the 14 stations on the metro project’s Red Line is in the same area as QBC. The stop, Al Bidaa, is to be a major transfer point between the different lines, the company states.
However, Doha Stadium Plus reports that other developments are a more likely cause for the center’s impending closure.
The sports magazine quoted Qatar Bowling Federation President Abdul Salam Abbas as saying:
“Yes, we’re concerned. It’s not hundred percent sure, but there are strong indications that the QBC will be demolished in early ’17 to make way for Doha downtown buildings. We’ll need a good place to move out to in case of closure.”
In response to news of the possible closure, some residents shared stories of their experiences at the center.
Joe Koraith, a reporter for the Gulf Times, said QBC is a Thursday night tradition (TNT) in his social circle.
“You get to hang out with your friends and, more importantly, it doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. Being regulars there, we had made friends outside our group. From the ever-smiling restaurant guys, to our eager ‘bowling instructor’ friend, relationships were being forged easily.
Being in the heart of the city was it’s biggest draw. If the proposed move to Losail comes through, then sheer distance would be a deterrent. TNT will end as we know it. More sweaty walks at the Corniche then.”
Have you hung out at the QBC before? Thoughts?