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Al Bidda Park

Located halfway down the Corniche, its central location makes it one of Doha's most popular parks.

Note: This park is currently closed for renovation. As of yet, the Ministry has not announced an opening date.

Al Bidda Park, also known as Al Rumailah Park, is a long rectangular-shaped park sandwiched between Corniche Street and Maajilis Al Taawon Street.

Despite the busy road that runs between the park and the waterfront, it provides a peaceful escape from the city and a great setting to relax with friends and family. Pick a good vantage point to tuck in to your picnic whilst looking out over the tranquil blue water.

You can also wander along the network of paths around the green spaces and water features before taking a break from the sunshine under a palm tree. There are plenty of shaded corners dotted around the park as well as picnic tables, a half-pipe skate park and a children's playground.

At the Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Waqif end of the park is a slightly dilapidated reconstruction of a traditional Qatari village with a mosque, majilis, traditional café house and more. If you’re lucky, you may be able to catch one of the occasional live shows sometimes held here which demonstrate traditional Qatari music, crafts and food.

Running through the centre of the park is a water canal and numerous small businesses and shops selling local crafts. Al Bidda is one of Doha's oldest parks and as you walk past the redundant water features, run-down shops and mostly unused amphitheatre there is a sense that it has lost its former glory. Nevertheless, it still has a lot to offer and is well worth a visit.

Basic information

Nearby landmarks:  The Corniche, The National Theatre, Emiri Diwan (Office of the Emir)

Opening hours:  10:30-23:00 (there are no gates or walls)

Entrance fee:  Free

Size:  10.5 hectares

Parking:  Available along Corniche Street and Maajilis Al Taawon Street

Shade:  Playground is not shaded but there are plenty of trees and shaded areas nearby and around the park

Toilets:  Two toilet facilities: one next to the playground and cultural village; one near the small canal at the centre. They are not always serviced so bring toilet paper.

Wheelchair and disability accessibility:  The pathways around the playground and green spaces are accessible to wheelchairs. However, the playground is on a sandy surface and the toilets are small and narrow and therefore not accessible to wheelchairs.

Doha Family tips

Allowed:  Rollerskating, rollerblading, skateboarding, jogging, walking

Not allowed:  Biking, football, dogs, BBQs

Don't forget!

  • Busy roads surround the park so keep a close eye on your kids.
  • Parking can be a problem during busy times of the day.
  • Thai Smile serves some tasty food without burning a hole in your pocket!
  • This park comes alive at night—well worth visiting in the evening to sample the atmosphere!

Park facilities

Sports facilities available:  Half-pipe for skating, skateboarding

Playground basics:

  • Play areas and climbing frames for young toddlers and older children
  • Swings (no baby swings)
  • Plastic slides
  • Sandy surface
  • Grassy area nearby for parents to sit and watch

Other information

Food and beverages:  

  • There are two kiosks that sell a variety of snacks including burgers, sandwiches, wraps, sweets, soft drinks, tea, coffee and ice cream.
  • Thai Smile—a restaurant serving authentic Thai food

Nearby mosque:  Yes, at the West Bay end of the park

Theatre:  Outdoor amphitheatre (mostly unused)

Wi-fi:  Unreliable wi-fi. Follow instructions on the sign for wi-fi access.

Night lighting:  Well-lit at night

Driving directions

  • From Doha Airport, head along Corniche Street, the long street extending along Doha Bay. Drive past the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) towards the towering sky-scrapers of West Bay.
  • After passing Souq Waqif and the Emiri Diwan you’ll see the park on your left hand side.
  • There are two options to get to the park:
    Do a U-turn at the first junction past the park at Theatre Roundabout—you’ll then be able to park on Corniche Street in one of the spaces along the side of the park.
    Take a left at the first junction past the park at Theatre Roundabout—then at the first set of lights take another left onto Maajilis-Al-Taawon Street.
    You’ll be driving past the park on your left. Take a U-turn at the next roundabout, Arumayla Roundabout.
    Driving back towards the park, take the first slip road and the park is on your right.
    You’ll then be able to park in one of the spaces along the side of the park on Maajilis-Al-Taawon Street.

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