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It’s Still Camping Season in Qatar!

Every winter in Qatar marks the beginning of the camping season. The cooler weather is the best time for outdoor activities in Qatar. 

According to the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), the winter camping season 2018–19 will last until March 2019. 

Preparations for the winter camp season 2018–19 began in the summer with the Ministry of Interior and MME announcing the registration and procedures for campers as well as traders and entrepreneurs setting up their shops for the seasonal market for camping. 

A total of 22 areas have been allocated for this camping season. These areas will include mobile network boosters and solar powered mobile charging services for campers.

The ministry also issued 26 rules and regulations for camping. As per the rules, applicants should be citizens aged 25 years and above. License holders are prohibited from renting out their camping spaces for any reason. The applicants are required to pay the security money within three days from the date of approval and start setting up camp within 30 days from the date of the issuance of the license. 

In addition, 11 instructions have been issued to ensure safety and security at camping areas, which state that there should be a distance of at least five metres between two camps, energy saving lighting should be used inside the camps and the kitchens should be separated from the camps.

Sealine and Mesaieed are the most popular destinations for campers, bringing 15,000 visitors on holidays and weekends. According to MME, the upcoming winter camping season in the Sealine area will see the introduction of new services to upgrade the entertainment experience as well as safety for campers and beach visitors. 

The services offered includes vehicle and bike maintenance, tyre shops, and camping items and necessities, in addition to restaurants. Also, vehicle dealers are allowed to open maintenance and service workshops there. In addition, the MME is set to improve the Sealine area by increasing the number of sunshades, toilets and other related services for beach goers.

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During the winter camping season, a minimum of 2,600 camps are set up across the country. For the winter camping season 2018–19, MME, Ministry of Interior, Public Works Authority (Ashghal), National Tourism Council (formerly called Qatar Tourism Authority or QTA). Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF), Batabit (Qatar Centre for Motorcycles) and Mawater came together to launch El Enna Project, which has two main objectives. The first will focus on enhancing the overall desert and camping experience for both residents and visitors. The second will focus on infrastructural development and extending basic services to 200 camp grounds in Sealine as part of a pilot phase of a broader development project.

An important element in enhancing the camping experience is designating a special zone for ATV sports thereby ensuring the safety of the area’s visitors while protecting the campers’ privacy. The ATV sports zone will be built over an area of 300,000 square metres and will feature 28 motorcycle rental shops and eight ATV tracks (two for advanced riders, one for intermediate level riders, four for beginners and one for ladies only).

Camps are heavily inspected by the MME and the Traffic Police as well as the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC). Inspectors are waging inspection campaigns at the camps to ensure they are complying with the winter camping rules. Necessary legal action will be taken against violators of any commercial, traffic or environmental rules and will be referred to the prosecution department for further legal action.

Registration, procedures for desert bikes, wagons and caravans:

ATV Al EnnaDESERT BIKE (More than 50 cc)

  • To be registered and not to be licensed
  • Chassis number is required and insurance is not required 
  • Technical inspection is not required

Safety requirements

  • Safety of body, engine, brakes, front and back lights
  • High quality helmet
  • 1.70 metre high antenna with red and triangular flag

Notes: Ride off-road only. Failure to abide requires a violation fee of QAR3,000 and three demerit points will be issued based on Article No 2 of Traffic Law (driving unlicensed motor vehicle).

CARAVANS (Off-Road)

  • To be registered and not be licensed
  • Engraving of chassis number (Fahes)
  • Registration of axle numbers, weight, length and width
  • Insurance is not required
  • Technical inspection is not required

Safety requirements

  • Side and black reflectors
  • Lights at the back should work with the tractor (towing vehicle)

CARAVANS

  • Engraving of chassis number (Fahes)
  • Registration of axle numbers, weight, length and width
  • Compulsory insurance
  • A periodic technical inspection

Safety requirements

  • Side and back reflectors
  • Lights at the back should work with the tractor (towing vehicle)
  • They must be provided with brakes to secure stopping
  • Maximum width including load is 2.20 metres, maximum length is 3.5 metres for each axle, maximum length of two axles is five metres and maximum height including load is 2.5 metres

Notes: In case of width, length and height exceeding the stipulated limit, caravan should not travel on the road unless it is accompanied with a traffic patrol and after the payment of prescribed fees.

WAGONS (Trailers)

  • Engraving of chassis number (Fahes)
  • Registration of axle numbers, weight, length and width
  • Compulsory insurance
  • A periodic technical inspection

Safety requirements

  • Side and back reflectors
  • Lights at the back should work with the tractor (towing vehicle)
  • They must be provided with brakes
  • Maximum width including load is 2.20 metres, maximum length is 3.5 metres for each axle, maximum length of two axles is five metres and maximum height including load is 2.5 metres

Notes: In case of width, length and height exceeding the stipulated limit, wagon should be accompanied with traffic patrol to travel on the road and after the payment of prescribed fees.

For more information, call the General Directorate of Traffic at 234 4444 or email [email protected].


Author: Ola Diab

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