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Al Markhiya (Arabic: المرخية‎, romanizedAl Markhīyah) is a neighborhood of Doha, Qatar. It is one of the later-developed areas of northern Doha. The district hosts three awsaq al-furjan complexes, which are part of a development project by the government to host all commercial establishments in centralized areas.[1]

Al Markhiya

المرخية
District
Doha Compound off Markhiya Street
Doha Compound off Markhiya Street
Al Markhiya is located in Doha
Al Markhiya
Al Markhiya
Al Markhiya is located in Qatar
Al Markhiya
Al Markhiya
Coordinates: 25°19′21″N 51°30′28″E / 25.32250°N 51.50778°E / 25.32250; 51.50778Coordinates: 25°19′21″N 51°30′28″E / 25.32250°N 51.50778°E / 25.32250; 51.50778
CountryQatar Qatar
MunicipalityAd-Dawhah
ZoneZone 33
District no.31
Area
 • Total2.7 km2 (1.0 sq mi)
Population
 • Total5,197
 • Density1,900/km2 (5,000/sq mi)
Al Hazm Mall in Al Markhiya

EtymologyEdit

The district received its name from a tree that grows abundantly in the area known locally as "markh" (Leptadenia pyrotechnica).[2]

HistoryEdit

In J.G. Lorimer's 1908 geography section of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Al Markhiya was described as a camping ground with a masonry well and a garden. The garden, which was established by former emir Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, was enclosed by a wall and was used for date palm cultivation.[3] Lorimer noted that it appeared to be one of the only seven sizable date palm plantations in Qatar.[4]

LandmarksEdit

Al Hazm MallEdit

Partially opened in May 2017 by Al Emady Enterprise, Al Hazm Mall is a luxurious shopping complex bearing Italian-style architecture. At a cost of QR 3 billion, the marble was imported from Italy, the stone from Palestine, and its architects were flown in from Rajasthan, India. It is accessible through Al Markhiya Street.[5]

Al Markhiya Sports ClubEdit

Al Markhiya Sports Club's headquarters and stadium are located off of Al Markhiya Street.[6]

TransportEdit

Major roads that run through the district are Abdul Aziz Bin Jassim Street, Al Markhiya Street and Khalifa Street.[7]

DemographicsEdit

As of the 2010 census, the district comprised 1009 housing units[8] and 200 establishments.[9] There were 5,197 people living in the district, of which 56% were male and 44% were female. Out of the 5,179 inhabitants, 69% were 20 years of age or older and 31% were under the age of 20. The literacy rate stood at 97.2%.[10]

Employed persons made up 53% of the total population. Females accounted for 30% of the working population, while males accounted for 70% of the working population.[10]

 
Al Markhiya Intersection
Year Population
1986[11] 1,419
1997[12] 2,179
2004[13] 2,952
2010[14] 5,197

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dena Qaddumi & Ameena Ahmadi (28 April 2017). "Scaling down planning in Doha towards the neighborhood and its public realm". QScience Connect. Special Issue on Shaping Qatar's Sustainable Built Environment. 2017 (1). Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  2. ^ "District map". The Centre for Geographic Information Systems of Qatar. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ "'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [1506] (579/688)". Qatar Digital Library. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  4. ^ "'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol. II. Geographical and Statistical. J G Lorimer. 1908' [1526] (1641/2084)". Qatar Digital Library. Retrieved 6 July 2018. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ "Luxury mall Al Hazm opens partially". The Peninsula. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Al Markhiya". Qatar Football Association. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Index map of Qatar". ArcGIS.com. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Housing units, by type of unit and zone (April 2010)" (PDF). Qatar Statistics Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 July 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Establishments by status of establishment and zone (April 2010)" (PDF). Qatar Statistics Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 July 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Geo Statistics Application". Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics. Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  11. ^ "1986 population census" (PDF). Qatar Statistics Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  12. ^ "1997 population census" (PDF). Qatar Statistics Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 May 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  13. ^ "2004 population census". Qatar Statistics Authority. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  14. ^ "2010 population census" (PDF). Qatar Statistics Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.

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