The vision for Qetaifan Island North Linear Park is to create a linear park that provides a unique destination, a habitat and green space where people can relax and enjoy and a place where they can celebrate and connect to the water. Water is important to the culture of Qatar; it is the source of life for generations. It is our aim to highlight the rich Qatar culture and how the sea became an integral part of everyday life. Further, our aim is to provide a landscape and public realm that is universal and transcends all nationalities and most importantly, caters to all age groups.
The landscape and public realm will be a representation of an ‘Island Living’ offering human-centric and high-quality amenity areas. The Linear Park will be the focal point linking all the public open spaces of the island. It provides landscape amenities and features such as family areas, private gathering spaces, children’s play areas, sports and outdoor exercise areas, edutainment, retail, and dining experience. The landscape will promote connected, comfortable, and shaded pedestrian walkways linking the whole site, as well as provide seamless networks of cycling and jogging tracks to encourage fitness, health, and physical well-being. Water activities is also a key feature of the landscape promoting the culture and lifestyle of Qatar.
Qatar is a country linked to the Sea. Its coasts, beaches, waterfronts, inland seas, and mangrove forests are unique in the world – marine life is rich and bountiful, nourishing the country and its people. The overall design and theme of the landscape and public realm are inspired by the natural forms of the sea and marine life as well as the cultural expressions and representations of Qatar.
There are four Character Zones:
Family & Passive
A passive and semi-private area dedicated to family recreation, relaxation and well-connected to the community villas. In this area, families can enjoy various amenities like shaded seating with barbecue facilities, large open lawn areas for picnics, weekend gatherings and a viewing deck with a spectacular view of the Icon Island of the adjacent waterpark.
Retail & Entertainment
It is considered ‘the heart’ of the linear park and the main entry point from the retail plaza and the water park. It provides large multi-functional spaces, retail & f&b outdoor seating, interactive water elements and recreational attractions.
Nature & Education
Showcasing the natural beauty and rich cultural landscape of Qatar, with both recreational and educational amenities such as a botanical garden with desert and qur’anic planting, an artificial mangrove, a greenhouse with a display of tropical and rainforest plants, interactive children’s play, a dedicated fishing area and rope course adventure with a zip-line.
Community & Active
Strategically located between the waterfront residential and south promenade, this zone is the termination of the linear park experience to the south side. Weekend market area, picnic grounds, food truck area, multi-functional gathering, and events spaces shall activate this zone. Physical health and well-being will be promoted with facilities like an outdoor gym, yoga green and connected jogging track.
Qetaifan Island North Linear Park | Lusail, Qatar | Atkins Middle East
Landscape Architect: Atkins Middle East – Planning, Landscape and Urban Design Team
Location: Lusail, Qatar
Client: Qetaifan Projects (QP)
Image Credit: Atkins Middle East