Al Khor Community – A Brief History
Today, the Al Khor Community is undoubtedly one of the best townships in the Middle East. We are not only fortunate to be living in comfort in such a vibrant, well-landscaped, secure Community with its many amenities, our children also have the opportunity to grow up in a culturally rich environment, among a truly multicultural and multilingual populace.
History of the Al Khor Community Clubs
The history of clubs in the community started in 1997 with the opening of the Al Dhakhira Club, which was then the Junior staff Club. This was followed by the Al Khor Club (now the AKIS Infant School) in 1998 which served residents as a Senior staff Club. In the summer of 1999 the then newly established Beach Club facility in Ras Laffan opened its doors for members use and at the end of the same year we abandoned the differentiation between Junior and Senior staff Clubs making all Clubs accessible to all residents. It was also decided to create themed restaurants and food outlets.
‘Damac Al Jazeera’ was the club’s and community’s first catering contractor and remained until 2002 and during their tenure with the community two further clubs were opened, one being the Golf Club in Ras Laffan in 2001 and the other the Al Nakheel Club in early 2002.
‘Dolaimi/Ligabue’ catering company followed Damac and saw the opening of the community’s biggest club ‘Al Waha’ at the beginning of 2003. This year also saw the Al Khor Club being handed over to the Community Education Department and converted into a school.
When ‘Teyseer Catering Services’ took over in late 2003 all housing units were occupied. Since then the club use has increased steadily by users from both Al Khor and Doha. In 2006, the Youth Club was added to the Clubs portfolio and caters exclusively to the younger crowd. Our present catering contractor ‘Amwaj’ started in 2008 and since that date we have witnessed an increase of 50% in the community population. The clubs usage has more than tripled since 2005 and forecasts indicate that demand on the Clubs and recreational facilities will increase further, along with the number of families residing in the Al Khor Community.
Trip Down Memory Lane
Life here in the Community was not always so comfortable. It may come as a surprise to many, that life here during the initial days was a far cry from the present scenario, the challenges faced by the pioneers were several. The ingenuity with which they made the best use of the limited facilities available, to make their life here enjoyable, is commendable.