Al Gharrafa (Arabic: الغرافة, romanized: Al Gharrāfah) is a district of Al Rayyan City in Qatar, located in the municipality of Al Rayyan. In close proximity to metropolitan Doha and Education City, the Doha Expressway runs along the district. Many malls operate out of the area, most notably Landmark Mall.
|• Total||10.5 km2 (4.1 sq mi)|
|Elevation||25 m (82 ft)|
Several of Qatar Foundation's facilities and projects (notably Education City) are located in Al Gharrafa and its surrounding districts. Due to the district's fairly large size, it shares several borders. To the west is Gharrafat Al Rayyan, which hosts the Qatar Science & Technology Park, the Qatar National Convention Centre, and other facilities of Education City. Located to the south-west of Al Gharrafa is the district of Al Shagub, which accommodates some of Education City's universities.
Other borders include Old Al Rayyan and Al Luqta to the south, Madinat Khalifa North, Umm Lekhba and Duhail of Doha Municipality to the east, and Al Kharaitiyat of Umm Salal Municipality and Izghawa 51 to the north.
J.G. Lorimer's mentioned Al Gharrafa in 1908 in his Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, referring to it as "Qarāfah". He stated that it lied "8 miles west of Dohah" and remarked on the presence of a masonry well that is only 3 feet deep yielding good water.
- Sidra Medical and Research Center, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation, is located on Al Gharrafa Street.
- Thani bin Jassim Stadium is located on Al Zubar Street.
- LuLu Hypermarket is located on Wadi Bisha Street.
- Al Gharrafa Health Centre is located on Abu Silla Street.
- Fereej Al Gharrafa Stadium, administered by the Qatar Olympic Committee, is located on Al Arqam Bin Abi Al Arqam Street.
- Al Gharrafa Souq is located on Al Shamal Road.
- Al Gharrafa Park is located between Awf ibn al-Harith Street and Maan ibn Uday Street.
- Dasman Center is located on Al Shamal Road.
- Al Rayyan Municipality maintains a district office on Abu Silla Street.
- Landmark Mall Doha is located on Al Shamal Road.
When free elections of the Central Municipal Council first took place in Qatar during 1999, Al Gharrafa was designated the seat of constituency no. 21. It would remain the headquarters of constituency no. 21 for the next three consecutive elections until the fifth municipal elections in 2015, when it was made the headquarters of constituency no. 15. Also included in its constituency is south Izghawa and south Al Kharaitiyat. In the inaugural municipal elections in 1999, Ahmed Hussein Al Kubaisi won the elections, receiving 21%, or 88 votes. The runner-up candidate was Mohammed Salem Al Marri, whose share of the votes was 18.9%, or 42 votes. Voter turnout was 68.6%. Elections in 2002 saw Nasser Salman Al-Dosari elected as the constituent official. In 2007, Mubarak Faresh Salem won the elections, and retained his seat in the 2011, and 2015 elections.
The following schools are located in Al Gharrafa:
|Name of School||Curriculum||Grade||Genders||Official Website||Ref|
|The Gulf English School||British||Kindergarten – Secondary||Both||N/A|||
|Al Gharafa Modern Kindergarten||Qatari||Kindergarten||Both||N/A|||
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