entrance gate of Al Khor Park in Qatar

Al Khor Park and Zoo: a family destination in Qatar

Al Khor Park is one of the family destinations in Qatar. Located around 48 kilometers from Doha, it is one of the oldest family parks in Qatar and although there is a minimal entrance fee, it is worth it since the spacious and renovated park offers a lot of entertainment and activities for families.

Family-friendly beach in QatarAl Wakrah Family Beach
domed fountain of Al Khor Park in Qatar

On a Friday, we decided to go on a road trip and head to the famous Al Khor Park for a family day out after shopping and eating at IKEA. Following the directions from Google Maps, the drive was smooth until we were almost to the park. We missed a turn and ended up doing a U-turn some many kilometers away. We finally got to the park just when the sun went down.

The parking lot was surprisingly huge and thankfully, it seemed that there were not that many people judging from how many cars there were.

inside the domed fountain of Al Khor Park Qatar

The entrance was a breeze and we only had to pay 5 QAR to enter. The big dome that visitors can see from the outside is one of the things that will greet you. The fountain was mesmerizing to see in the nighttime, with the lights shimmering in the flowing water.

Animals in Al Khor Park

sunset view from inside Al Khor Park Qatar's aviary
Photo credit: Sharice Tan

Since it was already dark out, we didn’t get to see the animals and the aviary appeared to be closed. We’ll just have to come back for them next time. It is said that the animals from the closed Doha Zoo were transferred here to Al Khor Park.

The Public Parks Department has since added new species of animals as well as modifying the facilities to ensure a more conducive environment for the animals.

Popular animals in the zoo are the oryx, giraffe, peacock, parrot, snake, and deer.

Al Khor Park playgrounds

Family taking photographs in the boat playground at Al Khor Park Qatar

And so, to the playgrounds, the kid and the kids-at-heart go to. The play area is quite big and there’s a variety for kids to choose from. For the family members who forgot to bring their mats, there’s also ample seating scattered throughout the park.

Too bad the train was not operating when we went. It might have been not working for a long time now. Walking through the tunnel to the hilly grass outside was quite lovely too what with the artwork on the walls of the tunnel. It surely made for a good photo opportunity too.

When we got hungry, we visited the cafeteria but weren’t impressed with the usual offerings of chips, popcorn, sandwiches, etc so we just decided to hold off our hunger a bit until we finished going around the park.

Al Khor Park offers an escape from Doha and a good environment with lots of green spaces and facilities for some family downtime. After playing, we just took the time to sit in the grass or walk around, enjoying the cool winds at night.

When we went, we saw employees making sure that the park was clean. But hopefully, the park-goers do their bit too as there are plenty of trash bins around.

Al Khor Family Park Visitor Information

  • Opening hours: 8 am to 10 PM daily
  • Note: Tuesdays for ladies and children only
  • Al Khor Park rules: Prohibited activity includes grilling, bringing pets, bringing big bikes
  • Parking and toilets available
  • Entrance fees: QAR 15 for adults and QAR 10 for children up to 10 years old; children under nine years old – Free
  • Al Meera branches that sell Al Khor Family Park entry tickets:
    • Airport Hyper
    • Al Hayat Plaza
    • Gulf Mall
    • Al Thakira
    • Al Khor
    • Al Wakra
    • Al Shamal
    • Al Mansoura
  • Park features/facilities: water fountains, mini-zoo, aviary, skating area, mini golf course, basketball court, amphitheater, waterfall, mosque, man-made lake, cafeteria, charging stations, playgrounds, battery-operated train, toilets, prayer room
  • Al Khor Park Location and Directions: follow Google Maps
  • Best times to visit: Morning or late afternoon

How to book Al Khor Park entrance tickets online

Peninsula newspaper reported in February 2024 that only online tickets and tickets bought from Al Meera are accepted at the gates. Entrance fees can be paid using credit or debit card.

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Darlene is currently on the road again and traveling full-time after being an expat/overseas Filipino worker in Qatar. She's rediscovering what it means to travel solo and in her 30s while working on her blogs.

Comments

  • Anup Cherian

    Please do visit between 4 PM to 6 PM so that you can enjoy the greenery / beauty of this Park & also watch the animals………especially this is the best time since summer heat will begin to reduce slightly.

  • Anup Cherian

    NICE ARTICLE !!!
    Myself I’m part of the Architectural Design Team for this Park @ Al Khor. So enjoyed reading it 🙂

    • Thank you! Would love to come back to Al Khor Park 🙂

      • Anup Cherian

        Please do visit between 4 PM to 6 PM so that you can enjoy the greenery / beauty of this Park & also watch the animals………especially this is the best time since summer heat will begin to reduce slightly.

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