Whether you’re visiting or living in Qatar with furry family members, you’ll find a few parks that will welcome you and your pets with open hands, setting tails wagging.
Here are a few of Qatar’s pet-friendly parks for you and your loved four-legged friends:
Located in Onaiza, the 5/6 Park contains open green space of about 107,000 sq m, including about 11,800 sq m of small shrubs and tree fences, in addition to 1,500 trees. In the heart of the park is a plant maze spread across 6,500 sq m shaped as the map of Qatar. Next to the maze is a 3,000 sq m hill about 5 m above ground level. That means there’s plenty of space for your dog or cat to walk, run and even play.
For you: The park includes many facilities, including restaurants, cafes, toilets and prayer areas, garden furniture, lighting poles, shaded areas for families, play areas for children and games suitable for different ages, designated areas for celebrations and spaces to display artwork. The park also includes exercise areas, 1.3 km pedestrian path, 1.3 km jogging path and an 880 m cycle path, in addition to bicycle parking slots. The park hosts a collection of artwork including ‘Al Somoud’ designed by Qatari artists Faisal Al Hajri, and two others from the collection of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art – ‘Poem’ (1963–65) and ‘Poem in Three Verses’ (1963–65) by Lebanese sculptor and painter Saloua Raouda Choucair.
Al Bidda Park
Bordering Al Corniche Street, Al Bidda Park is Qatar’s first pet-friendly park and the biggest green space in the country. Pet owners are free to use the park, but should ensure their pet is kept on a lead at all times, and to bring their own bags and pooper-scooper as these are not available in the park. It’s the most popular places for dog owners and dog walkers, which means it’s a great place for your dog/dogs to meet other dogs. There’s also Barkers & Mittens Pet Boutique if you want your pet to be catered to.
For you: For those more active, there are opportunities galore: running and cycling tracks, a human maze, gymnasiums, outdoor exercise equipment, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, an open theatre that seats 850 people, as well as playgrounds, barbecue areas and beautiful landscaping. A variety of bike rentals are available at the park’s two bike rental shops. There are also buggies to help visitors move around the park comfortably. The park is approximately 1.25 mn sq m and has underground parking spaces for 6,000 cars.
Situated adjacent to Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, the pet-friendly Hotel Park provides 80,000 sq m of park space, with over 34,500 sq m of green space to enjoy picnics, walks and more with your pet.
For you: There are play areas and family-friendly playgrounds with 17 activities and fitness zones with 12 challenges. Hotel Park has food and beverage outlets offering a diverse palette of authentic cuisine and desserts. Hotel Park has comprehensive paid parking has over 2,500 spaces spread over four levels of underground parking with access to Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), and Al Corniche Street, Al Funduq Street and Al Majlis Street.
Located in Education City, Oxygen Park has been inspired by the wind eroded rocks and fluid land formations of the desert. The running tracks are embedded creating an exciting training ground with looping tracks, cooled tunnel sections and steep hills. It’s also a pet-friendly park with plenty of space for your dog to walk, run, play and jump around, and remain relatively cool.
For you: The park features running tracks, equestrian facilities, underground pitches, recreation areas and soundscape-filled, refreshing folly spheres. Located within Oxygen Park, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden is the first of its kind in the world, home to at least 60 plant species mentioned in the Holy Quran, and those in the Hadith and Sunnah, the sayings and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The display gives an explanation of the significance of every plant’s mention in the Holy Quran, as well as their scientific explanations. Date palm, olive, fig, citron, senna, ginger, aloe, camphor and other plants have been included.
Opening hours: 6 am – 10 pm. Admission: Free. Contact: 4454 0284
Note: Pets are not allowed into the park on Ladies Day, which are on Mondays and Tuesdays.
- The Pearl-Qatar is generally a pet-friendly zone. You may walk your pets in some areas or parks there. However, these spaces are meant for residents only.
- Although many people walk their dogs on the Doha Corniche, it’s not allowed to do so. You may or may not be turned away.
- It’s best you keep your pet on a leash unless he/she is well-trained.
- Please clean up after your dog. Bring your own bags and pooper-scooper. If you don’t clean up after your dog, you may be banned from the park, or all dogs may be banned all together.
- Make sure to bring water for your pets during walks especially in the summer. Watch out for their paws. It may be too hot for them to walk on anything but grass.
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