While Doha Metroâ€™s Katara station (Red Line) is yet to open, access to Katara â€“ the Cultural Village has become easier and faster for visitors.
This came as a blessing, especially for many residents and visitors who spent their Eid al-Fitr holidays in the country.
From Al Qassar station, Katara has been offering free rides since the first day of Eid using golf carts for thousands of metro passengers, passing through a tunnel going to the cultural village.
â€œThis was a wise move from the Katara management because many residents like us were able to visit this beautiful place. This is actually my first time but now I am tempted to visit it frequently,â€ said Mohamed A, an Egyptian expatriate who travelled via the Doha Metro with his friends on Saturday.
He added that they enjoyed the scenery, food and beverage outlets, and the different attractions, as well as activities, at Katara, including the Al Thuraya Planetarium.
Kataraâ€™s beach area also received thousands of visitors, from families to individuals who spent their break visiting touristic places through the Doha Metro.
From Katara – the Cultural Village visitors can avail of the free ride service to go back to Al Qassar station of Doha Metro. PICTURE: Joey Aguilar.
The Katara station is one of the four metro stations expected to open in the near future, along with Legtaifiya, Qatar University, and Lusail, on the Red Line.
At least 13 of the 18 Red Line stations opened on May 8 to provide residents and visitors with a safe, reliable, and eco-friendly mode of transportation. These include Al Qassar, DECC, QIC West Bay, Corniche, Al Bidda (Interchange station), Msheireb (Interchange station), Al Doha Al Jadeda, Umm Ghuwailina, Al Matar Al Qadeem, Oqba Ibn Nafie, Free Zone, Ras Bu Fontas and Al Wakra.
â€œMore people will be enticed to visit these cultural destinations like Katara, Souq Al Wakrah because of the Doha Metro. It is cheaper, faster and hassle-free,â€ said Filipino expatriate Francis B, another Katara visitor, who is also anticipating the opening of Doha Metroâ€™s Green and Gold Lines.
Other popular tourist destinations in Qatar such as Souq Waqif, the National Museum of Qatar will be accessible through the Gold Line while the Qatar National Library, Education City and Mall of Qatar can be reached through the Green Line.
The Green Line runs east from Al Mansoura to Al Riffa in the west. As it passes through Education City, the line is also known as the Education Line. There are eleven stations along the line; aside from Education City, notable stops include Hamad Hospital, Al Shaqab, and the Qatar National Library.
The east-west Gold (Historic) Line extends from Ras Bu Abboud to Al Aziziyah. Eleven stations run along the Gold Line, with stops at the National Museum of Qatar, Souq Waqif, and Al Waab (near Villagio Mall).
Currently, the Doha Metro Red Line operates from 6am to 11pm and it opened to the public on a weekend (Friday/June 7) for the first time.
Source: Gulf Times