Posted on September 20, 2018

An enhanced experience awaits campers and beach-goers at the Sealine and Inland Sea areas this winter season, organisers of the Al Enna project have announced.

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'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,

Al Enna Project follows two main tracks. The first will focus on enhancing the overall desert and camping experience for both Qatar's residences and visitors. And, the second will focus 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.

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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.

A Special Beach Experience

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. ​​

Omar Al Jaber, a QTA representative and Al Enna Project's official spokesperson commented, "The project is the first step in a comprehensive development of the Sealine area, which aims at developing the camping experience, preserving the heritage of Qatar and protecting one of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. Visit this area and enjoy it. "This project comes as part of QTA's efforts to achieve the objectives of the Next Chapter of the National Tourism Sector Strategy 2018-2023. This project came after consultation over the past months with a number of stakeholders which included camp owners, business owners in the area, youth committees and centers, security forces, and the Security Department of the South. We also conducted a field survey of the ​​Sealine area to get a holistic view on the scale and scope of the project."

Engineer Salem Mohamed Al Shawi, Assistant Manager of Road Projects at Ashghal, commented, “Ashghal recently started developing a new road to connect motorists to the Sealine beach, and it is expected to be completed by November of this year. The road will conclude with parking spaces and service roads. Another road will take motorists from Endurance Roundabout all the way to Signature Dune, and we will begin working on it in the first quarter of 2019, with completion expected in the third quarter of the year. This road will help motorists reach the Inland Sea area. These roads will be connected to Doha via the G-ring road, also currently under construction.”

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Mr. Salem Hussein Al-Safran, Assistant Director of the Natural Reserves Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, commented saying, “The Ministry works to protect all of the country’s areas from environmental degradation, particularly those of tourism and environmental significance. Preserving the Khor Al-Adaid region’s ecosystems plays an important role in balancing the country’s biodiversity as well as supporting local wildlife and migrating birds.” He added, “We’d like to take this opportunity to urge all of the area’s visitors to support our efforts in preserving the country’s natural environment, especially with the start of the upcoming winter camping season.”

Ministry of Interior's Lt Col Yousef Mohammed Al Obaidli, commented, “The 2018/19 season will be different than any other especially with the launch of Al Enna which will enhance the camping experience. The South Security Department is working closely with the committee in charge of desert camping to provide security checks and raise awareness of safe practices. In addition, civil defense, ambulances and patrols will be in the area to respond quickly in case of incidents.”

Major Jaber Al Odhaiba, Assistant Director of Media and Traffic Awareness in MOI’s Traffic Department: “Al Enna is a key project that will impact positively on our tourism sector and Qatari community, and we are delighted to be involved. The Traffic Department will streamline the entry and exit of vehicles, including caravans, to prevent congestion.” He added, “Awareness is a priority for us over enforcing penalties, and a campaign to promote a culture of safety will be launched in October in partnership with those involved in the project.”

Sultan Dhaher Al-Mureikhi, Executive Director at Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) commented, "This initiative is an important opportunity for us in the federation to overcome the challenges we faced in hosting races in a safe environment where all security and safety requirements are met and the environment is safeguarded." As QMMF is authorised by the International Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, he pointed out that establishing tracks for amateur races in the Sealine area will help raise awareness among youth on the security and safety precautions as well as give the Federation the opportunity to attract new talent to represent Qatar in international events.

Abdelrahman Al Hajri, General Coordinator at Mawater, commented, “We are delighted to be part of this constructive project, and are grateful to all parties involved. Since the establishment of Mawater we have launched several campaigns to encourage safe off-road driving, including our latest ‘Qatar Needs You’ initiative. None of these initiatives can have real impact without all partners coming together and providing support, for which we are grateful.”

Abdulaziz Al Abdullah, Financial and Administrative Director of Batabit, added "We have been working over the past year on the concept of the dedicated Sealine track that protects the safety of visitors to the area, and are pleased to have received this support from QTA to bring this concept to life. We will be providing technical and logistical support to Al Enna, and look forward to working with all partners to making this project a success."