iParks

The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) is committed to link individuals to the technologies that can enrich their lives and from that the Internet Parks (iPark) initiative has been launched in 2007 in collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning to provide free wireless internet access to the visitors of public parks in Qatar. The initiative’s first phase has seen the first service installation in three public parks, "Rumailah Park”, "Sheraton Park" and " Dahl Al Hamam Park".

The great success achieved by the iParks and the increased public demand for its services enabled MOTC to expand the initiative to include the installation of two public parks outside of Doha annually until 2015. The expansion of the initiative started with “Al Khor Park” and “Al Wakra Park”, and was followed by “Dukhan Park” and “Simaisma Park”. In May 27, 2014, MOTC (formerly known as the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology) has announced two new iParks in “Shahaniya Park” and “Umm Salal Park”, bringing the number of parks covered by the initiative to nine gardens in various parts of the country.

The expansion continued to include the installation of the latest external networks technology in all the parks, in addition to doubling the speed to 8 Megabits per second instead of 4 Megabits in the first phase and the re-design of the network and the distribution of wireless unites to ensure the best possible coverage inside the gardens.

The iParks helps the park visitors to enjoy easy to use free internet, as MOTC sought to strengthen security measures on the wireless Internet in parks through a new process to verify the users of the network where the user enters a mobile phone number on the park page that automatically appears when you open the web browser after the user receives a text message containing a personal identification number from which the user can access to the Internet.