Micro-mobility solutions are now available to commuters in Qatar with the increase of e-scooter sharing services in the country.
Finding transportation in Qatar is not a task. Taxis, limousines, buses, trams and now the metro are different forms of public transportation available in the country. Following the global growth of electric scooters as a micro-mobility solution, there are now e-scooters as well.
E-scooters typically have two wheels, a handlebar for steering, a platform to stand on (deck), a stem, brakes, a battery, lights and a small electric motor. This personal mobility device is also typically foldable, making it a more portable option than bicycles. There are now electric scooter-sharing schemes, which require periodic charging.
Since late 2020, Qatar has introduced many electric scooter-sharing schemes where dockless e-scooters can be rented per minute on-demand for short trips by using e-scooter rental apps. Riders are required to use a helmet and abide by the road safety regulations.
The first to launch are e-scooters by Loop Mobility, which aims to provide the first and last-mile micro-mobility solutions in Qatar through its scooter-sharing service. Loop’s e-scooters can be found along the Doha Corniche. To use an e-scooter, you’ll need to install the Loop app, which will require you to sign up for an account using your email address and a scanned copy of your QID. Through the Loop app, you’ll be able to locate the nearest scooters available through GPS technology. Once you reach the scooter, just scan the QR code and pay through the app to be able to use it. You can then hop on the scooter, put on your helmet, and ride to your destination.
It costs QAR2 to unlock an e-scooter followed by a charge of QAR0.75 per minute. There are three plans that users can choose from with the Basic plan priced at QAR25, the Advanced at QAR50, and the Pro plan at QAR100 (with QAR10 usage free).
Loop users can pay using their debit or credit card. Users must be at least 18 years old and have a QID. loopmobility.co
In December 2020, Mowasalat (Karwa) entered the micro-mobility business by launching e-scooters at The Pearl-Qatar. The hi-tech, app-enabled e-scooters are available for visitors and residents of The Pearl-Qatar. Users will have to download the Falcon Ride app to unlock the scooters. It costs QAR2 to unlock an e-scooter followed by a charge of QAR0.50 per minute. The scooters are available at at least four metro stations – Legtaifiya, West Bay, Katara and Lusail as a last mile solution for metro commuters. In addition, Falcon Ride is bringing electric bikes into the local transportation scene. falconride.io
Established in 2020, wer2 provides micro-mobility solutions to commuters using the latest technology and electric-powered vehicles.
The price is QAR2 to unlock the scooter, followed by a charge of QAR0.75 per minute. Download the wer2 app and unlock the scooter by scanning the QR code on the scooter. wer2.com
In coordination with the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), Fenix started operating in December 2020 in key areas across Doha, including Al Dafna, Legtaifiya Lagoon, Onaiza and Legtaifiya. Visitors and residents can ‘unlock’ the e-scooters and manage their rides through the Fenix app. The app is available in both English and Arabic, and allows users to unlock, pay and ride with a base fare of QAR3 to unlock the e-scooter followed by a charge of QAR1 per minute. Frequent users can sign up for monthly packages with up to 70% off. Fenix has three kinds of e-scooters available: Spirit, Bumblebee, and Fireball. You can get 150 credits for QAR100, 400 credits for QAR200, and 900 credits for QAR300. fenix.life
There are several shops selling e-scooters in Qatar for personal use. This includes Lulu Hypermarket, Electromax Qatar, and Intertec Qatar. There are also online shops such as Al Anees Qatar alaneesqatar.qa, For All forall.qa, and Ubuy Qatar ubuy.qa, selling electric bicycles, scooters, skateboards and more with prices at QAR1,000 and above.
Do’s and don’ts
• Push off with one foot and put both feet on the board. Then push the throttle button with your thumb to start ride.
• Social distance 6 ft away from others.
• Always follow helmet laws (to reduce risk of head injury).
• Park properly by the kerb.
• Be mindful of other vehicles as well as pedestrians on the roads and footpaths.
• Apply brakes to slow down and/or stop. Apply extra caution on slopes.
• Check brakes and battery level.
• Watch out for road obstructions.
• Always follow and obey traffic laws and guidelines,
• Ride on dedicated bike lanes and avoid riding on footpaths.
• Use your hand to signal other vehicles about your change of direction.
• Park responsibly. The scooter should never be blocking cars and shops or obstruct public footpaths. Park where it’s accessible for other users.
Author: Ola Diab
This feature is from Marhaba’s issue – M80 Spring/Summer 2021.
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