Um Alhoul Waterfront Coastal Park
As part of the 37 square kilometer Um Alhoul Special Economic Zone, we have provided landscape architecture services to design a 7km coastal strip of coast of important environmental and heritage value to the country and surrounding communities. The site includes the foundations of a historic fishing village that gives the entire project its name and has been protected by the Qatar Museums Authority. Our proposals seek to preserve the heritage value and provide an usable area for the residents within the economic zone and in neighbouring towns, including Al Wakra.
The existing coastline is traditionally enjoyed by the local population for picnics and fishing and this access has been preserved and enhanced with additional facilities with shading and dedicated picnic pods in places. A new educational and visitor centre will provide information on history of the heritage site and location to begin visit. This visitor centre is located at the end of the commercial axis to act as a legible wayfinding element for people visiting the economic zone.
The proposals are environmentally sensitive to this fragile coastal environment and seek to preserve its identity admist the industrial surroundings that can potentially risk the tranquility of the existing character. Proposals are based primarily on rehabilitation as opposed to major change and the large amounts of mangroves are enhanced and accessible only through raised boardwalks. In places where there is open coastal sandbanks, additional native plant species and boardwalks are proposed to provide the community with places to sit, run or have picnic.