To combat the searing heat of summer in Doha, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) have painted Abdullah Bin Jassim Street blue.
The street, located near Souq Waqif, has recently been painted a bright shade of blue. The new colour is expected to reduce the surface temperature by as much as 20 degrees celsius. An engineer, Saad Al Dosari, tweeted that the temperature of the black asphalt is 20 degrees higher than the actual air temperature because the black colour of the asphalt absorbs and radiates the heat.
Although the project is strictly experimental, Ashghal has high hopes that this blue road will help to reduce the surface temperature. The blue road will remain under evaluation for 18 months while the experiment runs its course.
The red road
In September 2017, the Private Engineering Office has opened the first-of-its-kind ‘red’ street, which runs alongside Al Bidda Park, extending from the Qatar National Theatre to the Amiri Diwan roundabout.
Covered with red asphalt, the opening of the street is part of the Al Bidda Park project, which is supervised by the Private Engineering Office. The street can be controlled by automated roadblocks that can close it when needed in order to turn it into a pedestrian-only road during important events such as Qatar National Day, Qatar National Sports Day and others important events such as the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup. The park is one of the main areas to be allocated as a fan zone during the FIFA tournament.