QT02 / Friday, June 5, 2020 / Categories: Top News Main works of 5/6 Park project completed This is in conjunction with the Third Anniversary of Resilience in the face of the unjust blockade on Qatar Tribune News Network Doha The Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar has completed implementation of the main works of the 5/6 Park in Onaiza area. This is in conjunction with the Third Anniversary of Resilience in the face of the unjust blockade on Qatar. On this occasion, some artworks were displayed on 5/6 Arched on Lusail Expressway and the façade of the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ). These are the artworks selected from the open invite for the community in Qatar to take part with their artworks in memorising the third anniversary of blockade, which was launched by Qatar Museums and The Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar. Also, the committee announced an artwork that will be showcased in 5/6 Park under the title ‘Al Somoud’, designed by Faisal Al Hajri, one of the prominent artists in Qatar. Two more art works were added to the 5/6 park. They are drawn from the collection of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. “Poem” (1963-65), and “Poem in Three Verses” (1963-65) are by the Lebanese sculptor and painter Saloua Raouda Choucair. Also, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced that a link will be published to announce displaying the works of the winning artists of the ‘Under the Microscope with Ashghal’ initiative through a virtual exhibition that was launched during Eid Al Fitr. Also, artists from Qatar Fine Arts Association, in coordination with The Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar, participated in commemorating three years of steadfastness in the face of the unjust siege with some artworks reflecting the meaning of steadfastness and overcoming challenges of the unfair blockade through important achievements. On this occasion, Minister of Municipality and Environment HE Abdulla bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie stated that the ministry puts great importance on construction of parks, playgrounds and stadiums. The minister also commented that a land area of about 160,000 square metres has been allocated for implementing the 5/6 Park project in Onaiza Area. He also added that densely populated areas are chosen to construct parks to serve the largest population possible. For her part, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, said: “It is a pleasure for me to witness this distinguished achievement that represents the fruit of our joint cooperation with the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) on the third anniversary of the siege imposed on our beloved country. The resilience and stability of all our society, including citizens and residents in Qatar, is in their superior ability to achieve accomplishments over the years, and the scope of those achievements has expanded further after the imposed blockade. Every year we celebrate this moment that has united us together through artwork. This very special year has a special significance when we look at what is going on in the world around us. The recent COVID-19 pandemic calls on us all for a moment to reflect on ourselves and the way we coexist together. I am very proud of everyone living in Qatar, and these photos will be preserved in the archives of our National Museum forever. I thank all the participants, and invite those who still wish to participate to continue participating on our website.” Eng Saad bin Ahmed Al Muhannadi, President of Ashghal, stated that the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar is working on constructing gardens, spreading green spaces and planting trees in various areas of the country in line with the state’s strategy to achieve environmental sustainability, one of the key the national development strategy as per Qatar National Vision 2030. For his part, Eng Muhammad Arqoub Al Khaldi, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places, said the committee aims to create a sustainable environment through enlarging green spaces and creating pedestrian tracks and bicycle lines. He also added that the 5/6 Park project is implemented in coordination with many other entities. Al Khaldi added that the committee has completed implementation of main works of the 5/6 Park project, which constitute 80 percent of works, and remaining works are under way to complete the project scheduled to end by the end of year. He also pointed out that, based on the committee’s principle to support local products, materials manufactured in Qatar were relied on to implement the park, and thus 65 percent of materials used are local made. On this occasion, Yusuf Al Sada, President of the Qatar Fine Arts Association, expressed the association’s delight for its members participation in commemorating the day of resilience with their artworks. He also expressed gratitude for the constant support from Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar. Eng Hessa Kahmis Al Kaaby, Project Design Manager of the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places, stated that 5/6 Park is designed to be a tourist and leisure spot for the people and visitors of Qatar. Eng Hessa explained that features of the park include a large plant maze. The design of the maze is inspired by the human imprint to signify the role of all citizens and residents in creating glory and prosperity, a tribute to every people who leave their imprints in the state. It also commemorates the resilience and success in overcoming the unjust blockade imposed on Qatar. We shall witness together the growth of these plants shaped by the imprints sketching many roads and paths, so as the visitors will enjoy choosing different path each time taking them towards different views of the park. The maze area is built on around 6,500 square meters. The outer plant fencing is shaped similar to the map of Qatar to be centered in the heart of the park attracting the attention of every vistor, especially since the final shape of the map appears clearly when looking at it from the top of the adjacent hill, adorned with fancy lighting to illuminate at night. Eng Hessa also added that the hill next to the maze is about 5 metres above ground level and located in the centre of the park on an area of 3,000 square metres. This hilltop area gives a comprehensive view of the park from above, making it a major attraction for fans and photographers. Visitors can also enjoy view of some attractive landmarks such as the 5/6 Arche, hills of Katara, Lusail Towers and the Pearl. The 5/6 Park has open green areas of about 107,000 square metres. It also includes about 11,800 square metres of small shrubs and tree fences, in addition to planting about 1,500 trees. The park includes many facilities attracting visitors and tourists, as it contains shaded areas for families to sit, play areas for children that contain games suitable for different ages, areas designated for celebrations and spaces to display various forms of artworks. The park also includes exercise areas, pedestrian paths of approximately 1.3 km, and jogging paths of a length of 1.3 km and a cycle path with a length of 880 metres, in addition to bicycle parking slots. Indoor footpath is constructed using earthy materials that give a natural desert shape of the local environment of Qatar. The park also include many utilities and service stalls such as restaurants, cafes, toilets and prayer places, among others, in addition to providing garden furniture and lighting poles to enable visitors to visit at night. Thus, trees for plantation are chosen in consideration of the nature of Qatari environment, taking into account of less water consumption and future maintenance works. It may be noted that 10 percent of the trees planted in the park are of Qatari origin such as Ziziphus Spina Christi, Acacia Arabica and Acacia Tortilis. Which is evergreen trees that reach a height of more than 10m. Grow excellent in Qatar and bear the environmental conditions of high temperature and drought. Among the other tress chosen are the Cassia Nodosa, Delonix Regia, Tabebuia Argentea and Cassia Gluca They are beautiful and attractive shade trees with a height of 10 meters, they are distinguished for growing well and resisting drought. The planting of these trees will be distributed in the park within the area of landscape. Also among the shade trees included in 5/6 park are the Bucida Buceras, Millingtonia and ficus benghalensis which are among the evergreen trees ranging between 6 to 10 meters and are considered one of the greatest and wonderful shade trees in public parks. The park also includes decorative trees planted alone or in groups, or as backgrounds behind young shrubs and flowers such as Cassia Javancia and Bauhinia Purpurea. In addition, Ficus religiosa is chosen and reaches up to 30 meters in height and suitable for the Qatari environment as they bear most types of soil and are used in the park individually. It is worth noting that, as the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar endeavours to support local manufacturers, the committee has depended on locally produced materials in implementing this park up to the level of 65% of materials used. The local elements used included curbstone tiles, asphalt and lightings, in addition to planting materials of trees, grass, different plants and sweet soils, and homemade rubber floors known as SBR were used as a recycled rubber layer that was used to implement jogging tracks. The Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar has completed implementation of main works of the project, which include pedestrian paths and cycle paths, jogging paths, planting trees, a major plaza and a maze, where the completion rate of the project reached 80 percent, and work is currently underway to complete the remaining works, the implementation is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year, and includes lighting of the maze, but the final form will be completed after the growth of plant barriers, and the works also include the completion of the illuminated hill, in addition to completing the works related to service buildings and water drinking fountains as well as the children's area, sports tools and garden furniture. 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