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Old Airport (Arabic: المطار العتيق‎; also referred to as Al Matar Al Qadeem) is an area of Doha, Qatar.[1] The district is located close to the site of Doha's old international airport servicing Qatar before the construction of the Hamad International Airport. Running through the district is Al Matar Al Qadeem Street (known in English as Old Airport Street), around which many businesses and retailers cater to the residents of the area. The first mall constructed in Qatar is also located within the district, next to the congested Najma roundabout.

Old Airport

المطار العتيق
District
Al Matar Al Qadeem Street in Old Airport
Al Matar Al Qadeem Street in Old Airport
Old Airport is located in Doha
Old Airport
Old Airport
Old Airport is located in Qatar
Old Airport
Old Airport
Coordinates: 25°14′53″N 51°33′16″E / 25.248141°N 51.554443°E / 25.248141; 51.554443Coordinates: 25°14′53″N 51°33′16″E / 25.248141°N 51.554443°E / 25.248141; 51.554443
CountryQatar Qatar
MunicipalityAd Dawhah
ZoneZone 45
District no.44
Area
 • Total4.7 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total44,275
 • Density9,400/km2 (24,000/sq mi)
Neighborhood in Old Airport
Neighborhood in Old Airport

AdministrationEdit

When free elections of the Central Municipal Council first took place in Qatar during 1999,[2] Old Airport was designated the seat of constituency no. 9.[3] It would remain seat of constituency no. 9 in the next three consecutive elections until the fifth municipal elections in 2015, when it was decided that it would become the seat of constituency no. 8. Included among constituency no. 8's districts are Ras Abu Aboud, east Nu`ayjah, Al Khulaifat, Al Hitmi, Doha Port, Al Mirqab, Al Souq, Old Al Ghanim, Al Jasrah, Umm Ghuwailina, Najma, Fereej bin Durham, Al Hilal, Al Mansoura, and Barahat Al Jufairi. [4]

In the inaugural municipal elections in 1999, Abdulrahman Mohammed Al-Jufairi won the elections, receiving 61%, or 617 votes. Trailing behind him with 28.2%, or 285 votes was Salman Ahmed Mohammed Al Meer. Voter turnout was 84.7%.[3] Constituency no. 9 became in notable in the 2002 elections when it elected Sheikha Yousuf Hasan Al Jufairi,[5] making her the first woman win a municipal election in the GCC.[6] Al-Jufairi went on to retain her seat in the three following elections in 2007,[7] 2011[8] and 2015.[9]

TransportEdit

RoadEdit

Mowasalat is the official transport company of Qatar and serves the community through its operation of public bus routes. Fereej Bin Omran is served by one bus line which departs from Al Ghanim Bus Station. Route 11 has stops at Najma, LuLu Hypermarket and Old Airport and a terminus at Al Thumama at Bus Stop 5, running at a frequency of every 20 minutes on all days of the week.[10][11]

Major roads that run through the district are D Ring Road, E Ring Road, Airport Street and Najma Street.[12]

RailEdit

Currently, the underground Al Matar Al Qadeem Metro Station is under construction, having been launched during Phase 1. Once completed, it will be part of Doha Metro's Red Line South.[13]

DemographicsEdit

As of the 2010 census, the district comprised 10,063 housing units[14] and 856 establishments.[15] There were 44,275 people living in the district, of which 61% were male and 39% were female. Out of the 44,275 inhabitants, 72% were 20 years of age or older and 28% were under the age of 20. The literacy rate stood at 98%.[16]

Employed persons made up 57% of the total population. Females accounted for 22% of the working population, while males accounted for 78% of the working population.[16]

EducationEdit

The following schools are located in Old Airport:

Name of School Curriculum Grade Genders Official Website Ref
Al Hamad International Developed International Kindergarten – Secondary Both N/A [17]
American Academy International Primary – Secondary Both Official website [18]
Al Fajar Al Jadeed Kindergarten International Kindergarten Both N/A [19]
Al Kholoud Kindergarten International Kindergarten Both N/A [20]
Bhavan's Public School - Airport International Kindergarten – Secondary Both Official website [21]
Global Academy International International Kindergarten – Secondary Both Official website [22]
Haqel Al Rabeea Kindergarten - Airport International Kindergarten Both N/A [23]
Rising Stars Kindergarten International Kindergarten Both Official website [24]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2010 population census" (PDF). Qatar Statistics Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Central Municipal Council". Government Communications Office of Qatar. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b "إنتخابات الدورة الأولى" (in Arabic). Central Municipal Council. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  4. ^ "مقـار الدوائـر" (in Arabic). Ministry of Interior (Qatar). Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  5. ^ "الدورة الثانية" (in Arabic). Central Municipal Council. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  6. ^ Jack Kelly, "Qatar ruler pushing nation toward democracy" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette April 09, 2003
  7. ^ "إنتخابات الدورة الثالثة" (in Arabic). Central Municipal Council. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  8. ^ "رابعاً: إنتخابات الدورة الرابعة كشف بأسماء السادة المرشحين الفائزين في عضوية انتخابات المجلس البلدي المركزي (الدورة الرابعة - 2011م)" (in Arabic). Central Municipal Council. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  9. ^ "كشف أسماء الفائزين لعضوية المجلس البلدي المركزي" (in Arabic). Ministry of Interior (Qatar). Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Route Maps". Qatar Transit Guide. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Qatar Public Transport Program (QPTP)". Ministry of Transport and Communications. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Index map of Qatar". ArcGIS.com. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  13. ^ "QAR Metro". arcgis.com. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ a b "Geo Statistics Application". Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Al Hamad International Developed". Supreme Education Council. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  18. ^ "American Academy". Supreme Education Council. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  19. ^ "Al Fajar Al Jadeed Kindergarten". Supreme Education Council. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  20. ^ "Al Kholoud Kindergarten". Supreme Education Council. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  21. ^ "Bhavan's Public School - Airport". Supreme Education Council. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  22. ^ "Global Academy International". Supreme Education Council. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  23. ^ "Haqel Al Rabeea Kindergarten - Airport". Supreme Education Council. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  24. ^ "Rising Stars Kindergarten". Supreme Education Council. Retrieved 18 July 2015.