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Commuters in and around the Katara Cultural Village and Pearl-Qatar area will see new diversions in place this week as work on the Lusail Expressway continues.

According to Ashghal, the traffic signal at the intersection of Legtaifiya and Lusail streets (also known as Katara signal) will be closed starting Wednesday for the next six months.

This means motorists will no longer will be able to turn left at Katara junction onto Legtaifiya St.


New diversions near Katara

They are instead advised to go straight and make a u-turn after the South Canal Crossing Bridge. They can then turn right on Legtaifiya St.

For those heading to the Pearl from Legtaifiya St., Lagoona Mall or Lusail City, Ashghal advises using a new u-turn above the recently opened Onaiza tunnel. They can then continue onto Lusail St. to the Pearl.

Free-flowing traffic

In some ways, the new diversions will help facilitate better traffic flow.

For example, the temporary roundabout near the Diplomatic Club has been removed, as has the signal there.


Tunnel at Onaiza interchange on Lusail Expressway

This combined with the Onaiza interchange and a new flyover at Al Khaleej Al Gharbi should help facilitate free-flow traffic for motorists heading from the Pearl toward West Bay, Ashghal said.

Going toward West Bay

Meanwhile, those leaving Katara will no longer be able to go straight to Legtaifiya St. or left toward West Bay.

Instead, they will need turn right onto Lusail St. and make a u-turn after the South Canal Crossing Bridge.

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They can then drive straight and either take the first right onto Legtaifiya St. or continue to West Bay.

Finally, the Legtaifiya Lagoon Residential Area can now only be accessed through Lusail City.

Signs will be up to advise of the modified road layouts, and the speed limit has been reduced to 50km/h for safety.

Lusail Expressway

The new diversions will allow Ashghal to open multiple tunnels on Lusail Expressway in the coming months.

Work on the QR3.5 billion project began in 2012, and the first phase opened in April.


Rendering of Al Wahda arches

When completed by early 2018, it will link Doha’s business district with the new city of Lusail through an extensive overhaul of the old Al Istiqlal Road.

The new 5.3km route will eventually have four lanes in each direction, with additional turn lanes and three multi-level intersections at the Pearl, Onaiza and Al Wahda.

Will the new diversions affect you? Thoughts?


Rendering of beach view of club

A luxury beach club and spa inspired by Scandinavian health and wellness principles of health is set to open at Katara Cultural Village this summer.

Situated at the north end of the cultural complex, Katara Beach Club’s facilities will include a 25m outdoor infinity pool, a private beach with cabanas, a sun deck and a gym.

It will be run by Stockholm-based Raison d’Etre, which has 120 spas in 60 countries, under the LivNordic brand.


Rendering of front of club

The Katara club will be at the north end of the esplanade in the dome-topped building that has a flight of steps at the front.

The venue will primarily be a private members’ club, and joining comes with a hefty price tag. Membership costs QR23,000 a year for individuals or QR35,000 annually for families.

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Relaxation area

Day passes for non-members will also be available, at QR300 per person on weekends or QR250 during the week, according to the club’s website.

While not yet officially open, potential members can visit the venue. A staffer said the goal is to have the club up and running by mid-July.

‘Nordic wellness’

The 4,600 square meter club site includes an outdoor pool overlooking the bay. There are also sunbathing areas and a 230m stretch of private beach with loungers and cabanas.

Inside, the complex has been designed to reflect “Nordic wellness traditions,” both in the natural materials used and range of treatments offered.

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Salt rooms at Katara Beach Club

The facility is gender-segregated across two floors.

In addition to a cafe/juice bar, gym, class studios and 25m indoor pool, the spa facilities have a salt room, a snow room, a sauna and cold plunge pool.

A relaxation area “inspired by the Aurora Borealis (Northern lights)” also includes a fireplace.


The beach club is one of several new developments scheduled to open in Katara this year.

Katara Plaza

A rendering of the planned Katara Plaza

Just behind it is the under-construction Katara Plaza – an open-air complex of shops including a branch of French department store Gallerie Lafayette.

There will also be a quirkily-designed children’s mall, sculpted as a gift with a large ribbon; an Evian spa and  “edutainment” features such as a robotics lab, as well as a large candy store and kids’ salon, according to the development’s website.

The shops were originally slated to launch last year. But they are now scheduled to begin opening in 2017, according to Katara’s website.


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With just two weeks to go before Ramadan begins, a new “one-stop shop” for people gearing up for the month has debuted at Katara Cultural Village.

The Meerat Ramadan market is located on the south end of Katara and open daily from now through Eid (June 29).

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There, some 35 vendors are selling fresh produce, dates, nuts, honey, drinks, gifts and other items popular during the fasting month at affordable prices, officials said.

In a statement, Katara’s General Manager Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim al Sulaiti said:

“It is a one-stop place where visitors are welcome to enjoy a distinctive ambiance that combines the experience of shopping with spirituality.”

Ramadan is coming

Vendors at the market include Al Meera, Widam Food and Abu Yusuf Apiaries. There’s also Athba, a new local poultry farm in Doha that sells vegetable-fed chickens and quail birds, the Qatar Tribune reports.

There’s also a kid’s corner and a majlis.

Meerat Ramadan will be open from 4pm to 9pm daily for now. However, hours will likely change once the holy month begins, Katara said.

The exact beginning date of Ramadan has yet to be announced. But it is expected to be around Saturday, May 27.

Have you been to the market yet? Thoughts?