Al Wakrah

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Al Wakrah
الوكرة
City and Municipality
Al Wakra Municipality Logo
Al Wakra Municipality Logo
Map of Qatar with Al Wakrah highlighted
Map of Qatar with Al Wakrah highlighted
Coordinates (Al Wakrah): 25°10′48″N 51°36′36″E / 25.18000°N 51.61000°E / 25.18000; 51.61000Coordinates: 25°10′48″N 51°36′36″E / 25.18000°N 51.61000°E / 25.18000; 51.61000
Country  Qatar
Capital Al Wakrah
Population (2010)[1]
 • Province 141,222
Time zone East Africa Time (UTC+03)
ISO 3166 code QA-WA

Al Wakrah (Arabic: الوكرة‎) is a city and municipality of Qatar located halfway between Ad Dawhah and Mesaieed municipalities. Al Wakrah's eastern edge is the shores of the Persian Gulf. Ruled by the Al Khater family and the Al-Buainain tribe, it was originally a tiny fishing and pearling village. Now it has evolved into a small town with a population of more than 30,000 and it is considered to be one of the major cities in Qatar.[2] Hassan Abbas Hassan Abdurahim is the current al wakra represantator and member in the Central Municipal Council[3] who was elected in 2011 for the second time[4] where al Wakra is known as the 9th area of the council. On land, it borders the following municipalities:

Construction of new hospital in Al Wakrah

The area marked red in the map includes both Al Wakrah and Mesaieed; the latter municipality includes almost all of the seacoast.

Al Wakra Today[edit]

The issuance of the plan urban development of the city of Al Wakra in the year in 2008 where he withstood a plan architectural vision for the development of the city of Al Wakra during the last thirty years the next most prominent features of this plan is to develop a beach in Al Wakra and the development of the city center and expand to the south of the city and increase the buildings to become Wakra able to accommodate more 600 thousand people in the future as well as a sports city in Al Wakra. Today it is one of the most famous tourists spot in the hej.pe

The plans of the new stadium released in mid November 2013 have caused considerable internet interest because of the beautiful shape and colouring, which are said to resemble a vagina.

History[edit]

The city of Al Wakra, Qatar was Founded by the Abdulghani family (They belong to Al Buainain of Banu Tamim).

In 17/7/1972, Resolution No.11/1972 AD on the creation of the municipalities of Ar Rayyan, Al-Wakrah, Al Khawr and Dhekra, Madinat ash Shamal, and Umm Salal issued. This law identified Al-Wakrah Municipality as having legal personality, working and using best means to ensure the urban development of Al-Wakrah city and its suburbs. The Municipal board has a president and four members. The current president of the Municipal board is Hamdan Ben Khalifa Busherbal al-Mansouri. The municipality is four section and they are: Financial and Administrative Affairs Section, Health Affairs Section, General Affairs Section and the Technical Affairs Section.


Historical Architecture[edit]

Historic architecture can be seen almost everywhere in alwakra city and especially in its old areas and it is captured in mosques, old homes and harbour.[5] One of the main and old mosques in al wakra, is Al Wakra Grand Mosque built by Abdulghani. There is also Al wakra castle or fort which was built above the ruins of an older castle that had also belonged to the Abdulghani house. It has two round towers and was used in the past as a police office. It dates back to the 20th century. In addition, the house of Sheikh Ghanim Bin Abdulrahman Al-Abdulghani is considered to be a significant architectural landmark on the beach. This building consists of two floors and windows are decorated in special shapes. It was restored in 2004 by the direction of Restoration Departments of Qatar Museums Authority (QMA).[6]

Demographics[edit]

All families in Al Wakrah are of Persian descent and speak Farsi as their first language. Only a few a tribes have true Arabian ancestry like Abdulghani, Al Muftah, Al Abdulla and Al Mulla. The following table shows the population of Al Wakrah.[7][8]

Al Wakrah Population
March 2004 March 1997 March 1986
31441 24283 17245

The following table shows the registered live births by nationality and gender for this municipality.[9][10] Place of births is based on home municipality of mother at birth.

Registered live births by nationality and gender
Year Qatari Male Qatari Female Total Qatari Non Qatari Male Non Qatari Female Total Non Qatar Total Male Total Female Grand Total
2001 168 156 324 170 176 346 338 332 670
2002 175 147 322 167 159 326 342 306 648
2003 183 159 342 172 190 362 355 349 704
2004 177 177 354 196 169 365 373 346 719
2005 176 179 355 202 181 383 378 360 738
2006 182 172 354 196 191 387 378 363 741
2007 209 161 370 238 206 444 447 367 814
2008 186 207 393 309 297 606 495 504 999
2009 216 248 464 369 333 702 585 581 1166

Climate[edit]

As in all the cities in Qatar, Al wakra have a nice average temperature in the months January, February, March, November and December. However, the Hot season or summer is in April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November. Al Wakrah has dry periods in January, February, March, April, May, June, July and August. On average, the warmest month is July and the coolest month is January. The below table shows the Records and Averages of Al wakra temperature.[11]

Records and Averages of Al wakra
Month Avg. High MAvg. Low Avg. Precip
January 22.0 °C 13.0 °C 1.27 cm
February 23.0 °C 14.0 °C 1.78 cm
March 27.0 °C 17.0 °C 1.52 cm
April 32.0 °C 21.0 °C 0.76 cm
May 38.0 °C 25.0 °C 0.25 cm
June 41.0 °C 28.0 °C 0.00 cm
July 42.0 °C 29.0 °C 0.00 cm
August 41.0 °C 29.0 °C 0.00 cm
September 39.0 °C 27.0 °C 0.00 cm
October 35.0 °C 23.0 °C 0.00 cm
November 30.0 °C 20.0 °C 0.25 cm
December 24.0 °C 15.0 °C 1.27 cm

Abdulghani Festival[edit]

It is a festival intitiated each year celebrating the Abdulghani family and its achievements and givings to the poor families of Al Wakrah. Since most families in Alwakrah are of Persian ancestry, dried fish ground into a mixture of herbs and oils are made into a light sorbet which is enjoyed by the families and gatherings in all homes across Al Wakrah.

Future Developments[edit]

The recreation area is currently being redeveloped. Plans for the area in the future include a wild life park and a country club. There is also going to be a "continuous public waterfront" offering activities for the public, two hotels and a golf course. A railway station will be located near the mosque, and there will also be a climate controlled underground pedestrian area.

Al Wakra Hospital[edit]

Al wakra hospital is in the process of opening. It is a General Hospital donated for by Abdulghani which will initially have over 300 beds. With its associated buildings it covers an area of about 70,000m2. The hospital will provide state of the art Medical and Surgical facilities to the southern area, including Al Wakra and Mesaeed. The facilities will contain Medical, Surgical, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Children’s wards, as well as a specialist Neonatal Unit and day ward in a seven story central block.[12]

Al Wakra corniche[edit]

A big quota of public parks and entertainment projects has been allocated for Al Wakra. One of the projects is the corniche in north area of al Wakra. It will be for families only and will provide all necessary amenities and services for both adults and children, so that they can spend quality time with their families.

Wakra Mall[edit]

The multi-storeyed mall located at opposite to Al Wakra Hospital,[13][14]

Wakra's New Downtown[edit]

Wakra's New Downtown regional centre has been divided into seven segments. They include Wakra Gateway, Wakra South Square, Wakra Festival Bay, Wakra Sands, Wakra Residence, Wakra College and Wakra Trade Center.

The Wakra Gateway is an exclusive zone for major government and public offices. The South Square will witness a mix of office complexes, residential apartments and middle and lower level retail outlets.

The Festival Bay will be an exciting area marked by at least two resort hotels, business investment hotels, maritime museum at water front, marina, arts and cultural centre. Wakra Sands will be dotted with family parks, recreation precincts, commercial and cultural complexes.

While Wakra Residence is an area reserved for construction of multi-facility residential complexes, Wakra College is an exclusive zone reserved for educational institutions. Wakra Trade Center is meant for developing malls and retail outlets.

The master plan envisages Wakra to be developed as a preferred waterfront destinations and a vibrant city where people would be really want to visit and stay over.Considering the city's heritage history, a separate area will be developed as a heritage zone. Re-establishing Al Wakra city's historic core with distinctive sense of place and traditional architecture is another proposal.

Construction of quality villas, regional parks, waterfront public spaces are among other projects planned as part of the model township in Al wakra.

Sports[edit]

Al Wakra has a club called Al-Wakrah Sports Club which is a Qatari professional football club. Club’s home ground is Al-Wakrah Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium. Stadium has a capacity of 20,000 people and has plans of expanding to 43,500 for 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Transportation[edit]

Karwa Transportation company (Mowasalat) has conntected al wakra city to the rest of the cities in Qatar using it bus route. Currently, there are several buses operating there.[15] In the future, Al wakra is going to be part of the Qatar railway network.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census 2010". Qatar Statistics Authority. 2010. Archived from the original on 9 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
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