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New $250m car park opens to ease Doha congestion

Urbacon announces completion of 3,000-car underground facility to address parking shortage in capital city

New $250m car park opens to ease Doha congestion

A new $250 million underground car park with a capacity of 3,000 vehicles has been delivered to address parking problems in the Qatari capital of Doha.

UrbaCon said in a statement the car park, adjacent to the Souk Waqif and the Corniche, took almost three years to plan, design and build.

Covering an area of 111,000 square metres and using over 122,000 cubic metres of concrete, this structure was commissioned in order to address the existing parking issues in the Qatari capital.

It also provides a practical solution for those looking to avoid the searing summer temperatures that can frequently reach in excess of 50 degrees Celsius.

Spread over three, 37,000 square metre levels, the lowest level reaches a depth of 12 metres, with the general facility being accessible via five tunnels; three from the Corniche and two from Souk Waqif.

The car park is equipped with three cooling towers, and 34 air handling units, allowing the ambient temperature to be kept between 24-28 degrees.

On the surface there's an amphitheatre that can hold 1,800 people, a restaurant, playground, fitness area and two fountains.

Urbacon's executive director Moataz Al Khayyat said: "I'm delighted with the positive impact this facility will have for the residents and visitors of Doha. Providing a comfortable environment for car parking with sufficient capacity will draw more people to enjoy both the old souk and the Corniche and help to stimulate greater community interactivity."

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