Souq Waqif Underground Car Park, Doha

Jan 26, 2015

Back in 2013 Byrne Looby undertook the structural and hydraulic design of a culvert to divert storm water at the showpiece of traditional Qatari architecture; the Souq Waqif.

The diversion which the 1600mm X 1600mm culvert allows was required to facilitate the construction of a new underground car park for the Souq. On the 20th January 2015 the newly-built underground parking facility north of Souq Waqif was officially opened. The Parking facility is expected to ease traffic congestion in one of the busiest areas in Doha. A construction official told Gulf Times that the three-level parking garage consists of basements one, two, and three, which can accommodate as many as 2,000 vehicles in three zones. In the past due to an acute shortage of parking space, visitors have had to drive around for a long time, creating long queues inside and outside Souq Waqif.

Souq Waqif is currently preparing to host its annual Spring Festival set from January 23 to February 6. Activities will include games and attractions for children and a number of shows so the opening of the new facility could not have come at a better time.

Souq Waqif was one of Byrne Looby Partners first Water contracts in Qatar. Byrne Looby’s role involved the detailed design and methodology for the construction of the culvert as well as the design of the large re-inforced concrete tie-in chambers. The project also involved the structural and hydraulic design of a 2m diameter GRP pipeline with a capacity of 6000l/s to support the water diversion measures at the site.