Al Wakrah (municipality)

Al Wakrah (municipality)

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Coordinates (Al Wakrah): 25°10′48″N51°36′36″ECoordinates: 25°10′48″N 51°36′36″E
Country  Qatar
Capital Al Wakrah city
 • Director Mansour Ajran Al-Buainain
 • Municipality 2,577.7 km2 (995.3 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality 299,037
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+03 (East Africa Time)
ISO 3166 code QA-WA
Country Qatar
Languages spokenArabic and English
Currency usedQatari Riyals
Area (km2)2,577.7 km2 (995.3 sq mi)

Sports & nature

Qatar Stars League team Al-Wakrah SC, founded in 1959, is based in Al Wakrah City.[31] They club plays its home games at the 12,000 capacity Saoud bin Abdulrahman Stadium.

One of the proposed twelve venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is projected to be built in Al Wakrah City. Called Al Wakrah Stadium, it has a planned seating capacity of 40,000 and will replace Saoud bin Abdulrahman Stadium as Al Wakrah SC's home stadium


The southern end Al Wakrah is characterized by dense sand sheets sand dunes. Unlike northern Qatar where most areas lie close to sea level, much of the southern and central portions of Al Wakrah are at elevations of 40 to 60 meters above sea level. Water is scarce in most areas as the water table is relatively low. Although there are some rawdas (depressions), they are rare when compared to northern Qatar. Furthermore, the southern groundwater is often saline. As a result, permanent settlements were far and few between, with some exceptions being found at Al Kharrara, Turayna and Al Furayah north of Khawr al Udayd.

Many nomadic camps were created in Al Wakrah's south in past times; these sites can often be identified by the presence of small, open mosques. It is likely that Bedouins visited the region mainly during times of suitable weather, such as the rainy season. Herdsman were able to nourish their camels with the saline water, which would, in turn, yield drinkable milk.

Protected areas

The UNESCO-recognized Khawr al Udayd is Qatar's largest nature reserve and is located on the south-east corner of the municipality. Also known by its English name Inland Sea, the area was declared a nature reserve in 2007 and occupies an area of approximately 1,833km². Historically, the area was used for camel grazing by nomads, and is still used for the same purpose to a lesser extent. Various flora and fauna are supported in its ecosystem, such as ospreys, dugongs and turtles. Most notable is the reserve's unique geographic features. The appearance and the quick formation of its sabkhas is distinct from any other system of sabkhas, as is the continuous infilling of its lagoon.

Culture and history info

Al Wakrah Municipality (also spelled Al Wakra Municipality; Arabic: بلدية الوكرة‎ Baladīyat al-Wakrah) is a municipality of Qatar located bordered by the municipalities of Doha and Al Rayyan. The municipal seat is Al Wakrah city.


On 17 July 1972, the creation of the municipalities of Ar Rayyan, Al Wakrah, Al Khawr and Thakhira, Al Shamal, and Umm Salal were issued. This law identified Al Wakrah Municipality as a legal district. The municipal board has a president and four members. The current president of the Municipal board is Mansour Ajran Al-Buainain.

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