The Dahl El-Hamam Public Park is a favorite destination of tourists visiting Qatar. The myriad attractions in the park have helped make it a big draw, be it among locals or foreign tourists.
The park can be found in Khalifa Al-Shamalia.
What to See
One of the best known features of the park is the cave. Indeed, the park is named after it (the word Dahl means cave). However, the cave is not open for safety reasons, but it is still an impressive sight. Furthermore, there are several places you can go to. The park has many different sections.
There are basketball courts and football playing fields for the sports minded. Live shows are also held in the park. This is made possible by the presence of a stage and seats. The Dahl El-Hamam Public Park also has a childrens playground complete with slides, swings and many rides.
Qatar used to be an old British protectorate during the 1800s. It used to be known for its pearling. Since it became independent, the country has been relying on natural gas and oil to boost its economy. Thanks to its oil reserves, the country has attained high GDP status. Its per capita income is now equal to many prosperous countries in the west.
About 30% of its GDP comes from oil. Oil makes up 80% of its export earnings and 60% of government revenues. Qatar has about 15 billion barrels of oil in reserve. This means Qatar can produce steady levels of oil for the next two decades.
Its natural gas reserves are more than 8 trillion cubic meters. It is the third largest on the planet. The year 2000 saw Qatar producing a trade surplus of 7 billion USD, its highest ever.
The country has been inhabited for thousands of years. From the 1850s until 1868, the area was ruled by the Al Khalifa family. The rule of Bahrain in the area ended when the UK negotiated for its end at the behest of the Qatari sheikhs.
There is no entrance fee required to enter the park.
There is also a food court in the park, as well as a restaurant. There is a large parking space, so there will not be a problem when you go there.
The Dahl El-Hamam Public Park also has a lot of walking space so you can enjoy leisurely strolls in the area. The green lawns make the place even more enticing.