Special transportation service and seven pedestrian crossing to serve during Corniche Road closure
Corniche Road will be equipped with special transportation services and seven pedestrian crossings during its closure for the FIFA Arab Cup from November 26 until December 4.
Head of the technical team of the Corniche Closure Committee, First Lieutenant Khaled al-Mulla, explained that buses will be provided for the public and visitors from B-ring and C-ring roads, starting from Souq Waqif towards Sheraton Doha.
According to First Lieutenant al-Mulla, the special bus service that can be found in the highlighted locations will operate every 15 minutes with 11 pick-up and drop-off points. “Users can access the bus service from the seven crossings on the Corniche in conjunction with the operation of the Metro,” he said.
He added that the ‘Park and Ride’ service will also be available from Umm Ghuwailina, Al Messila, and Qatar University, making it possible for travelers to park their car and get to their destination via the Metro, including Al Bidda Park.
Visitors can look forward to the 11th Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), which will be hosted in Al Bidda Park from November 26 until December 17 (22 days), along with the Corniche Road activation from November 26 until December 4.
Three open plazas will be equipped with special designs to attract visitors, including eight interactive light and sounds show which will extend from the Theatre Park to the Pearl Monument on Corniche Street in conjunction with QIFF.
Vehicles can make use of alternative entrances and exits which will be provided to gain access near the Corniche area.
Al-Mulla pointed out that A-ring, B-ring, C-ring, and D-ring roads, in addition to February 22 Street and Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor, will remain open to motorists and could be used as alternative routes during this period.
First-Lieutenant al-Mulla stated that 52 institutions have been granted alternative routes for government employees to get to their offices.
He explained that the people who will be affected are limited and that special permits will be issued to them. The General Directorate of Traffic has also highlighted how affected firms can request an exceptional permit.
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal), in collaboration with the FIFA Arab World Cup Local Organising Committee, has devised an electronic service to issue permits to those who are affected.
The application must be sent through the appointed responsible person by the institution, company, ministry, or other entity.
The following condition must be met to obtain the exceptional permit: the area to be accessed must be directly impacted, meaning there must be no alternative entrances or exits to those on the Corniche; the request will be immediately denied if there are alternative approaches to Corniche Street.
Affected parties need the following to apply for a permit:
- A letter addressed to the General Directorate of Traffic at the Ministry of Interior
- A copy of the establishment's registration
- A copy of vehicle ownership
- Pictures of both sides of the driving license
- An application stating the vehicle number, its type, and the driver’s personal number
- The Service Request Form and further information can be found here.
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