Baaya (Arabic: بعيا‎; also spelled as Baaja) is a district in the municipality of Al Rayyan in Qatar.[2] It is one of the more developed districts in Al Rayyan, hosting Villaggio Mall, Aspire Park, and the Aspire Zone, all of which run along Al Waab Street.[3]

Baaya

بعيا
District
Aerial view of the Aspire Zone in 2018.
Aerial view of the Aspire Zone in 2018.
Baaya is located in Qatar
Baaya
Baaya
Coordinates: 25°16′03″N 51°26′33″E / 25.26750°N 51.44250°E / 25.26750; 51.44250Coordinates: 25°16′03″N 51°26′33″E / 25.26750°N 51.44250°E / 25.26750; 51.44250
Country Qatar
MunicipalityAl Rayyan
ZoneZone 54
District no.82
Area
 • Total4.7 km2 (1.8 sq mi)

EtymologyEdit

In Arabic, "baaja" roughly translates to "widened". It was so named because the area comprises a vast, cultivated plain.[3]

LandmarksEdit

  • Al Rayyan Pediatric Emergency Center on Al Fourisiya Street.[4]
  • Rayyan Electricity Standby Office (Kahramaa) on Al Fourisiya Street.[4]
  • University of Calgary in Qatar on Al Sail Street.[4]

Aspire ZoneEdit

Key locations in the district are mainly located in the Aspire Zone which runs along Al Waab Street, including the Doha Sports City, home to many of the venues of the 2006 Asian Games, Qatar's tallest structure, Aspire Tower and Qatar's largest stadium, Khalifa Stadium, as well as one of Qatar's most popular malls, Villagio Mall, themed after the Italian city of Venice. Aspetar, a specialized orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital, is also based in the Aspire Zone. The Aspire Park is a popular attraction found on Al Waab Street.[3]

Roughly half of the district's overall area is occupied by the Aspire Zone.[5]

TransportEdit

RoadEdit

 
A view of Aspire Tower and Aspire Park lake.

The two most important roads which run through the district are Al Waab Street, which is the commercial center and which hosts the Aspire Zone, and Al Furousiya Street, which provides connectivity between the southern and northern districts of Al Rayyan.[5]

Five bus stations have been placed within the district. Mowasalat is one of the official transport companies of Qatar and serves the community through its operation of public bus routes.[5]

RailEdit

Sports City station currently serves the Gold Line of the Doha Metro.[6] The station was inaugurated on 21 November 2019, along with all other Gold Line stations.[7] It is located on Al Waab Street, between Al Aziziyah station and Al Waab station.[8]

Among the station's facilities are a prayer room and restrooms.[8] Nearby landmarks within walking distance include the Khalifa International Stadium and, further west of the station, the Aspire Zone.[9] There are no metrolinks for the station.[8]

EducationEdit

The following schools are located in Baaya:

Name of School Curriculum Grade Genders Ref
Abdullah bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud Boys Model Independent Independent Kindergarten – Primary Male-only [10]
Al-Mujtama Preparatory Secondary Private Independent Primary – Secondary Female-only [11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "District Area Map". Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ "2010 population census" (PDF). Qatar Statistics Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "District map". The Centre for Geographic Information Systems of Qatar. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Qatar Landmarks". Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Aljehani, Amna Ali (June 2016). "Investigating Adaptability of Stadium Precincts Post Qatar 2022 World Cup: Toward An Adaptive Strategy Through Public-Private Partnership (PPP)" (Master's Thesis). Qatar University. pp. 66–72. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  6. ^ "QAR Metro". arcgis.com. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  7. ^ "As Gold Line opens, Doha Metro announces the fare". The Peninsula. 21 November 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "Plan My Journey Map". Qatar Rail. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Places to visit near Doha Metro stations". iloveqatar.net. 27 November 2019. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Abdullah bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud Boys Model Independent". Supreme Education Council. Archived from the original on 12 August 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Al-Mujtama Preparatory Secondary Private". Retrieved 30 July 2015.