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Qatar’s parks, bicycle lanes offer a safe, green space to sweat it out

Santhosh Chandran                
Doha
The lush green parks, pedestrian paths and cycle tracks across Qatar have emerged as favourite destinations for the residents of Qatar to do daily workouts and even spend their leisure time amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 
People can be seen jogging and doing simple physical exercises at the road side parks and green patches here and there across the country, designed and created by the Public Work Authority (Ashghal), in mornings and evenings. 
The parks surrounded by flowering trees and boasting of comfy walkways and bicycle lanes receive a number of families and children as well, who are wary of visiting malls and markets amid the pandemic. The parks have emerged as perfect leisure hub.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune, an Asian expatriate, who frequently visits the long green stretch near Al Thumama said that it could be compared to any small park in the city. “It offers big space with some exercise equipment and dedicated lane for cyclists. Overall, it’s  a good place to hang out with no restrictions of timing”, he remarked. 
The long cycling lane parallel to G Ring is professional cyclists’ favourite, especially for its shaded midway shelters in this sweltering heat.
It is a worth to mention here that Public Works Authority has launched an ambitious national wide beautification project that aims to rejuvenate the countries greenspaces by 240 percent by 2022.
Nearly 2,650 kilometres of pathway for pedestrians and cyclists and 10 million square kilometres of green spaces are to be created as part of this ambitious project.
Ashghal has also launched a project  titled ‘Qatar beautification and our kids planting trees’  that attributes a 5,800 square metres Al Abraj Park with 130 trees, 240 square metres area covered with bush and 3,530 square metres of lawn area.
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