Al Dafna

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Al Dafna

الدفنة
District
Skyscrapers in Al Dafna
Skyscrapers in Al Dafna
Al Dafna is located in Doha
Al Dafna
Al Dafna
Al Dafna
Al Dafna is located in Qatar
Al Dafna
Al Dafna
Al Dafna (Qatar)
Coordinates: 25°19′26″N 51°31′50″E / 25.32389°N 51.53056°E / 25.32389; 51.53056Coordinates: 25°19′26″N 51°31′50″E / 25.32389°N 51.53056°E / 25.32389; 51.53056
CountryQatar Qatar
MunicipalityAd-Dawhah
ZoneZone 61
District no.101
Area
 • Total3.2 km2 (1.2 sq mi)

Al Dafna (Arabic: الدفنة) is a seaside district of the Qatari capital Doha located on the Persian Gulf.[2] The district is currently rapidly developing into a central business district, and since the late 1990s dozens of skyscrapers have risen in the district, with over fifty more planned. The district is also home to the City Center mall, one of the Middle East's largest malls.

The district was physically created in the mid-1980s following a massive land reclamation project along Doha's coastline, and started to develop in the mid-1990s. Currently, Al Dafna is rapidly becoming Doha's new downtown district, and with the massive amount of recent development towards the north of Doha; it is also rapidly becoming the new centre of the city.[3] Housing in the district is mainly up-scale and many foreign consuls reside here.[4]

Diplomatic Area of Al Dafna district in Doha, Qatar

Attractions[edit]

Al Dafna features some of the most upscale hotels, restaurants and shopping avenues in the country. Additionally, it lies close to Hamad International Airport.[5] In addition, the Katara Cultural Village is situated in Al Dafna, which harbors theaters, concert halls, exhibition galleries and other facilities for multicultural activities and entertainment.[6] One of its attractions is an amphitheater, the Katara Amphitheatre built in an ancient style.

Transport[edit]

Currently, the underground Al Dafna Metro Station is under construction, having been launched during Phase 2B. Once completed, it will be part of Doha Metro's Blue Line.[7]

Education[edit]

The following schools are located in Al Dafna:

Name of School Curriculum Grade Genders Official Website Ref
Al Hekma International School International Kindergarten – Secondary Both Official website [8]
Cardiff International Primary School International Primary Both N/A [9]
SEK International School International Primary Both Official website [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "District Area Map". Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  2. ^ "2010 population census" (PDF). Qatar Statistics Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Planning in Qatar". catnaps.org. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  4. ^ Dena Qaddumi & Ameena Ahmadi (28 April 2017). "Scaling down planning in Doha towards the neighborhood and its public realm". QScience Connect. Special Issue on Shaping Qatar's Sustainable Built Environment. 2017 (1). Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Real estate demand to rise as infrastructure investment soars". The Peninsula Qatar. 22 January 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  6. ^ "About us - Katara". Katara. Archived from the original on 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2015-12-11.
  7. ^ "QAR Metro". arcgis.com. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Al Hekma International School". Supreme Education Council. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Cardiff International Primary School". Supreme Education Council. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  10. ^ "SEK International School". Supreme Education Council. Retrieved 18 July 2015.