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Friday, 07 May 2021 01:51 GMT

Qatar- Buses that transport visitors to another era


(MENAFN - Gulf Times) A visit to the Mowasalat pavilion at Darb al-Saai, the main centre of Qatar National Day celebrations, will give visitors an idea about the public transport that existed in the country several years ago.

With an exhibition of old buses that were in use in the country before Mowasalat buses hit the country's roads in October 2005, the transport company's pavilion has attracted the attention of hundreds of citizens and residents.

Students from city schools are guided to the place by their teachers from early in the morning and most of them seem amazed seeing the old model British-manufactured buses that on display at the pavilion.

Though visitors are not allowed inside the buses many of them choose to get photographed with the vintage buses.

While some of the old-timers may have seen buses resembling the exhibited GMC vehicle which was in use until a decade ago and a few may have also ridden it to such places as Al Jamaliya, Industrial Area and Al Khor. Also on show is a right-hand drive Bedford, one of the very few public transport buses operated along some of the country's roads until the beginning of the 1970s.

Ever since the authorities moved the vehicle to the transport company's workshop a few years ago, its one and only entry and exit door has been done away with and that portion is now joined with the rest of the body.
An old orange and white taxi car is also on display. Even after the Karwa's turquoise taxis hit the roads for the first time in September 2004, orange and white taxis continued for almost two more years until they were completely withdrawn towards the end of 2006.


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