By Andy Sambidge
Telecoms giant is first company to fund free public facility in Qatar, to open on Jan. 8.
Qatar Telecom (Qtel) is to open the first privately-funded public resort in Doha on Jan. 8, the company has announced.
Qtel Oasis will be available for use by families, both nationals and expatriates, for free.
Located near the coast, some 3km from Umm Saieed, the resort will be open to the public from Jan. 8.
Qtel has transformed a patch of desert area into an entertainment zone, developed in a traditional Qatari style.
It features a range of attractions and family-friendly facilities and is officially Qatar’s largest open-air resort.
The resort will be open for the public only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 2-10pm.
Initially, the Oasis will be open for the first four months of 2009, but the project will continue if there is strong public interest and support for the initiative.
Adel Al Mutawa, executive director of Qtel’s Group Communications said: “Qtel is the first company to create a free public facility on this scale in Qatar, and we are proud that this is the largest development of its kind in the country.”