Culture and history info
Al Shahaniya (Arabic: الشحانية; also Ash Shahaniya) is a municipality (3299 km2) in Qatar, with its its municipal seat as a city of the same name (287 km2). Formerly in the municipality of Al Rayyan, but now an independent municipality, the municipal seat was delimited in 1988 by Law No. 22. In 2014, the cabinet ratified a draft amending some provisions to the 1988 law, thereby formalizing Al Shahaniya as Qatar's eighth municipality.
In 2014, Al-Shahaniya split off from Al Rayyan Municipality to form its own municipality. Integrating approximately 35% of Al Rayyan's area into the new municipality, some of Al Rayyan's western localities such as Al Gharbiam, Al Utouriya, Al Jemailiya, Umm Bab, Rawdat Rashed, Al Nasraniya, Dukhan and Al Khurayb were also included in the new municipality. Mohammed Al-Sahooti was the first mayor of the municipality.As of 2017, Mohammed Saif Al Hajri was mayor.