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The New Doha Festival City Highlights Outdoor Leisure Trail

Doha Festival City (DHFC) has revealed a glimpse of some of the additional activities that will be available at Qatar’s largest entertainment, retail and dining destination, with images of its 3km Outdoor Leisure Trail which surrounds the project. Upon its opening in April, visitors will have free access to the Outdoor Leisure Trail, which includes a running and walking path, as well as an adjacent Cycling Lane with technical trail features specifically designed for mountain bikes.

Trevor Hill, General Manager of Doha Festival City Mall said:

We are proud to be in a position to reveal a glimpse of the exciting offering visitors will enjoy at our destination. Not only we are committed to be a premier leisure and entertainment destination, we fully support the Qatar Government in its drive to promote healthier lifestyles amongst the community, which is evident in our unique indoor and outdoor facilities.’

The Outdoor Leisure Trail which surrounds Doha Festival City, caters for both running and cycling, and is designed with fun and fitness in mind. The mountain bike cycle track has a number of different route features and offers various surfaces with inbuilt gradients and obstacles to suit all abilities of mountain bikers and was designed by British company, Architrail. The running track also has exercise stations along the route, allowing both casual and more serious runners to exercise and enjoy the green spaces being created as part of the project.

The Mountain Bike Trail consists of 13 different Technical Trail Features (TTF) suitable for beginners and more advanced cyclists wishing to improve their mountain bike skills, with each TTF designed to simulate challenges one would encounter on a Mountain Bike Trail. Features include Grade Reversals, Berms, a Pump Track, Wedges, a Rock Causeway, Drop Offs, Rock Gardens, Water Causeway, EcoPlastic boardwalk, Mist Tunnel, Rollers & Jerms, Rock Climbing, and a wrap up section to put all skills to the test.

Hill continued:

Throughout the development and construction of Doha Festival City, the idea of creating a space for the whole community to come together was a significant part of everything we planned. The entertainment offering has been designed to ensure there are numerous opportunities for physical activities, from the running track which features exercise stations, the bike trail, through to our ‘first-of-its-kind’ in Qatar, Snow Dunes theme park. We are excited to welcome our first visitors in April and to celebrate the best leisure facilities, retail mix and dining options, all with exceptional service.’

Doha Festival City is gearing up for the opening on 5 April. For more information, visit their website

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