First Lieutenant Eng. Khaled Nasser Al Mulla, Head of the Technical Committee of the Corniche Closure Committee at the Ministry of Interior, confirmed that a complete plan has been developed in preparation for the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup, which starts on Tuesday with the participation of 16 teams under the FIFA umbrella, including the closure of the Corniche from Friday until Dec. 04.
In a press statement to the media, First Lieutenant Al Mulla said that with the full concerted efforts of the Security Committee and the Corniche Closure Committee, which is subordinate to the committee for transportation plans and operations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, a complete plan has been developed for the closure, starting with engineering works by linking traffic lights to each other, and providing roads with more than 110 signboards and more than 49 electronic signs on the roads, in addition to seven construction works on separate intersections on the roads to improve movement flow during the closure of the Corniche.
Instead of closing the Corniche, 11 pedestrian crossings have been allocated for pedestrians' entrances and exits to the Corniche, and the seaside will be for pedestrians only, he added.
Al Mulla confirmed that during the closure period of the Corniche, two events will be held including, the 5-minute fireworks during the weekend at 8 pm and the food festival, which will start at 3 pm from Nov. 26 to Dec. 04. He explained that the Al Bidda Park Festival begins on Nov. 26 until Dec. 17, and the Corniche will be reopened on Dec. 05 with the festival continuing in Al Bidda Park. He called on the public and road users to abide by the instructions.
He explained that a traffic plan has been developed, including a security deployment on all lines and intersections to avoid any disruption of the roads, especially at the yellow box, and ensure the safety and security of the public and road users.
On the access roads to the Corniche, he stressed that the Corniche is a main road, but there is an underground solution, which is the "Metro," which includes 37 stations throughout the country, and 14 of them have a "park and move" service by parking the car next to the station to use the metro with ease to reach the various metro stations are the Corniche, therefore, the metro is the perfect solution during the closure period.