The winter camping season 2018-2019 will begin on November 1 and will continue until April 15, at several locations across the country, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has announced.
The registration for the camping will start today and continue until December 31.
In a press conference on Sunday, the ministry's assistant undersecretary for environment affairs Ahmed Mohamed al-Sada reviewed the rules and conditions to be followed for the camping season, including security and safety instructions, in co-ordination with relevant State organs.
He stressed the ministry's keenness to ensure the success of the season and the preservation of the Qatari environment.
He noted that the past years witnessed a significant decrease in the number of violations and warnings, as well as a growth in the wildlife and the marine environment, which indicates heightened awareness and increased understanding of the principle of preserving the environment and the protection of its resources, among the citizens.
Al-Sada said that applications can be submitted to the government service centres distributed in different regions of the country. Electronic applications can be submitted through the official website of the ministry (www.mme.gov.qa) and the ministry's mobile phone app "Oun". He noted that a total of 2,360 inland and beach camps are available in all areas of the country for this year, an increase of 30 camps from last year.
He explained that to facilitate the online registration, this process has been divided according to regions over three days.
Monday will be for the northern areas, such as Al Ghashamiya, Al Zubara, Sealine, Dukhan, Al Sarriya, Zekreet, Buruq, Al-Naqyan, Al Kharrara, Asherij, Umm Al Maa.
Tuesday forRas Matbakh, Aradh, Al Reem Reserve, Al Marrona, Fuwayrit, Al Mazrouh, Umm Alafaei, Al Hasham, Abu Dhalouf, Al Zubara, Al Udeid, while Wednesday for Rawdat Rashed, Rawdat Aisha, Al Khor, Al Waab, Emkitanh, Al Ghariya, Al Mafjar, Ras Alnouf, Al Aturiyah, Al Suna, Gharb Al Rayes.
The registration for each group will continue until the number of camps in each group are booked.
At the press conference, a number of officials from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, the Ministry of Interior and Qatar Tourism Authority talked about the preparations and the measures taken, the comprehensive and varied media plan in this regard, the electronic booking of the camp and how to pay the insurance amount of QR10,000, in addition to the rules and conditions of camping this season and a review of the security and the safety instructions to be followed, in order to ensure a perfect camping season, safe and enjoyable for all.
The Minister of Municipality and Environment had issued a decision in August 2017 to form a Committee for Organising Camping Activities under the chairmanship of the Assistant Undersecretary for Environment Affairs.
Among other things, the committee is responsible for determining the locations of camping, setting the general and special conditions for camping, and studying the problems and obstacles referred to the Committee on camping activity.
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