Green and gold: Al Bidda Park, Doha, Qatar
As construction continues apace for the 2022 World Cup, Qataris are creating new parks and revamping old ones. Al-Bidda, Arumailah and Wadi-Al-Sail parks are replete with flowering shrubs, wild grasses and leafy trees interspersed with canopied walkways, shaded play areas and fountains. Al-Bidda was reopened in February. Walking, running and cycling tracks wind round free-to-use tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, and open-air gyms. After doing its almost 200 hectares, you’ll fancy a rest, and there are loads of benches dotted around. You’ll also work up an appetite. Cafes have yet to open, but there are barbecuing stations throughout. There are no fences and it appears to be open 24 hours.