WATCH: Experience desert camping as never before with Al Enna project
QTA has unveiled its latest desert-centred scheme, the Al Enna project, and you can expect an enhanced experience as a camper and beach-goer at the Sealine and Inland Sea areas this winter season thanks to its organisers.
The winter camping season begins this year on 1 November and continues until 31 March, 2019. Al Enna – a Qatari word which means camping ground – is a development project that has been launched to ensure campers and visitors to Sealine and Inland Sea can benefit from safe and enjoyable experiences while protecting the wildlife in the area and providing access to services and amenities.
Representatives of the Project's partner organisations have detailed that Al Enna aims to enhance the overall desert and camping experience through improved safety, protecting the areas' environment and preserving natural life, enhancing services as well as improving entertainment options provided to all campers, visitors and tourists.
Al Enna Project follows two main tracks. The first focuses on enhancing the overall desert and camping experience for both Qatar's residences and visitors. The second focuses on infrastructural development and extending basic services to 200 camp grounds in Sealine as part of a pilot phase of a broader development project.
Khor Al-Adaid is characterised by the beauty and diversity of its sand dunes. As one of the few rare places in the world where sand dunes meet the sea, it is a popular hotspot for residents and a must-visit for tourists alike.
An important element in enhancing the camping experience is designating a special zone for ATV sports thereby ensuring the safety of the area's visitors while protecting the campers' privacy. The ATV sports zone will be built over an area of 300,000 square metres and will feature 28 motorcycle rental shops and eight ATV tracks (two for advanced riders, one for intermediate level riders, four for beginners and one for ladies only).
To protect the indigenous flora and fauna, dune bashing will be prohibited in areas with wildlife. In addition, the Ministry of Environment and Municipality will introduce a wildlife nursery to reintroduce plant and animal populations affected by previous camping seasons in a fenced area spanning 326,000 square meters.
In terms of waste management, plastic materials in restaurants and cafes will be banned and recycling services will be provided.
As part of this project, Sealine Beach will see major developments over an area that can accommodate up to 15,000 people. This includes creating shaded areas, opening cafés and restaurants as well as designating a special area for families and another for children. In addition, fitness machines will be installed as well as equipment provided for water and beach sports such as football and volleyball.
A special entertainment zone which will include a theatre will also be made to host cultural activities and events - such as poetry nights - during the weekends. To be in keeping with Qatar's cultural heritage, the zone's design will draw inspiration from the surrounding area's natural features.
Al Enna's project partners are the Ministry of Municipality & Environment; the Ministry of Interior; the Public Works Authority (Ashghal); Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA); Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation (QMMF); Batabit (Qatar Centre for Motorcycles) and Mawater.