In celebration of Eid al Fitr this year, Qatar Tourism is hosting the first Eid Festival along the 1.4 km stretch of the Doha Corniche from 3 to 5 May between 4 pm to 11 pm. 

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In addition to the region’s first-ever giant balloon parade with a marching band, festival goers are sure to find something for every member of the family – from stage performances and roaming artists to carnival games and food trucks and kiosks. There will also be fireworks displays that will light up the Doha sky every day at 9 pm. The event is coordinated with the Ministry of Interior (MOI) and Ashghal to manage the logistical routes at the location.

 

Over the course of the festival, the Doha Corniche will be accessible only to pedestrians to allow residents and visitors to experience one of the city’s most-loved thoroughfares in a new and exciting way. Qatar Tourism is working with partners at the Ministry of Interior and Ashghal to deliver a ‘safe’ event throughout the Eid Al-Fitr festivities. Moreover, during the three-day festival, there will be live musical performances daily at 7:30 pm featuring renowned local and regional artists.

MOI announced that the Doha Corniche street will be temporary closed from early morning of Tuesday, 3 May, until midnight on Thursday, 5 May. Traffic will resume on Friday morning, 6 May. Traffic management for the festival is in coordination with the MOI General Directorate of Traffic and the Ministry of Transport.

As per this announcement, traffic closure will be from the Sharq intersection towards the Sheraton intersection in the north and from the Sheraton intersection to the Port intersection in the south. All roads leading to the Corniche will be closed, including the following intersections: Al Fardan, Al Jasra, Al Marmar, Al Diwan, Al Maha, Civil Defence and Barzan.

To facilitate movement of individuals to the Corniche, alternative means of transportation will be available. There are 37 Metro Stations in Qatar, including seven that directly lead to the Corniche, including Al Bidda, Doha Corniche and West Bay. There will also be areas designated for pedestrians and seven new facilities for Park and Ride available near the Metro Stations of Education City, Al-Qassar and Al-Wakra.

Officials of MOI are encouraging the public to cooperate with the traffic police and abide by the traffic diversions to ensure the safety and security of everyone using the Corniche Road. They also advise the use of alternative roads designated for vehicles, namely the A-Ring Road and Istiqlal Road.

Engineer Mohamed Ali Al Marri, Secretary of the Committee for Corniche Street Closure Implementation Plan, said that Ashghal, in coordination with MOI is planning, designing and implementing the Corniche closure plan, and carrying out some infrastructure works to enhance traffic flow during the closure period.

The Supervisory Committee on the Beautification of Roads and Public Places is working on beautifying and upgrading Al Corniche Street to provide improved pedestrian paths, new cycle lanes, new street lighting and increase the landscaped areas.  He said that there are also additional pedestrian crossings along the Corniche Street and Al Bidda Street.

During closure, Ashghal will provide 17 new bus stops for the Corniche Shuttle Bus Routes and about 55 variable message signs and fixed directional signs across the road network to lead drivers to the alternative routes. There will also be 200 wayfinding signs to guide visitors along the Corniche.

This is in addition to several intersections and reprogrammed traffic signal timings to help ease the traffic flow. Forty traffic signal intersections will also be upgraded to operate with pedestrian detection system to improve pedestrian safety.

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