KAHRAMAA Awareness Park (KAP) is a water and electricity awareness museum that has officially opened its doors to the public in April of 2017. It follows the goals of Qatar National Vision QNV2030 represented in the Qatar National Program for Conservation and Energy Efficiency “Tarsheed” – the national umbrella for conservation and efficient use of water and electricity in Qatar. Owned and operated by Qatar’s General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA), KAP is a state-of-the-art green building, seeking to educate its guests about water & electricity consumption, use, and production. In addition, it highlights modern technologies that can enhance our way of life, while improving our outlook to the future. This includes the exploration of alternative energies, smart homes, smart metering, and smart electrical & water networks. KAP’s mission is to encourage and empower all people in Qatar to make their homes, workplaces, and lifestyles reflect a sustainable, efficient, and environmentally friendly nation.
KAP building attained LEED Certification & 5-star QSAS Commercial Design Certification in the Green Building at Solutions Conference and Exhibition, Doha 2012. It also won Energy Globe Award 2015 for the State of Qatar for Best Sustainable Building. The Awareness Park meets all the technical requirements set by the committee. Considering the urban connectivity, the building develops effective measures to minimize obstruction of daylight. It provides landscape that encourages green and fights desertification. As for energy and water, the building applies efficient lighting, cooling, plumbing, and irrigation systems.
KAHRAMAA Awareness Park objectives:
- To enhance the awareness of the consumers on the importance of adopting precautionary steps towards conserving the consumption of both Electricity & Water, with special concentration on the school and University students sector as it represents the future of Qatar.
- To stimulate consumers for conservation of both Electricity & Water and highlight on the methods and procedures of rationalizing the consumption with continuous updating on all upcoming new methods and procedures.
- To demonstrate in an attractive way the processes of electricity generation and water desalination industry from the sea water in Qatar with illustration of all stages from production to distribution including transmission and storage.
- To urge consumers in order to reduce the per capita consumption of Electricity and Water and reach the international per capita rate of consumption.
- To form an additional innovative source, entertainment and leisure space for the consumers specially children at early ages.
The Tarsheed Theatre: The theatre is a multi-use venue, incorporating a 2D cinematic theater, with provisions for
presentations and lectures. It is controlled from the Operation Room. It has the capability to play several types of media such as Blu-Ray, as well as a lecture hall. Short educational video about KAP’s purposes & goals are displayed. The purpose is to introduce guests to the park and its features. The theatre’s seating capacity is 119 seats.
The Dana Dome: is a 3D Dome theatre that uses active stereo glasses to give the audience a fully immersive movie experience. One of the highlights of the park and residing in the all-important Pearl, Dana Dome takes the guests on a journey with Majid to peak at the start of the universe, the creation of our planet, the origination of water on Earth, the earliest life forms, and he lands back in Qatar to give a glimpse of the rarity of water. The capacity of the Dome is 64 persons.
The Pumps Models: What are pumps? Devices to raise water. We need to move water from a river or lake to use it at higher ground for irrigation, drinking, or use in a water distribution network. They are exhibits to show Arabic & Islamic Scientific Impact on the world such as Taqi Al-Din's Six Cylinder Pump and Al-Jazari’s Water Suction & Water Raising Pumps.
The Qatora’s Journey (Dark Ride): Qatora (The Water Drop in Arabic) Ride takes visitors on a captivating adventure through teaching them about the water cycle, photosynthesis and the desalination process that helps Qatar turn seawater into the fresh water we use every day. The vehicles take the visitors through animated sets filled with special effects, mood lighting and intricate show props. The Dark Ride has 10 carts each can accommodate up to six persons per ride. There is also a one special need cart that accommodates one wheelchair and three persons. Duration of the ride is 8 minutes excluding departure and exit.
The Using Water Exhibits: It includes exhibits on The Amount of Water Consumption – Every item has a water footprint. The Process of Desalination & its efforts are also highlighted in this exhibit as well as Daily Water Usage- (Message Every Drop Counts).
The Tarsheed (Conserving) House: The purpose of the Qatari house is to demonstrate how visitors can use energy and water in smarter ways to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. The exhibit is structured to show how energy and water comes into home and how utilizing efficient fixtures and appliances can greatly reduce consumption of both.
The Islamic Corner: This section will allow visitors to explore the rich history of Islam and learn its wisdom about the importance of conservation in water.
Dana 3D Dome: takes guests on a journey exploring the start of the universe, where water comes from, its scarcity in our region, and our local need to desalinate it. through the eyes of a young boy named Majid and his grandfather.
“My Grandparents” Augmented Reality Wall: explores how water & lighting were possible, and very hard to get, for the previous generations. They are not to be taken for granted.
History of Water Pumps: explores artifacts used for moving water throughout history of mankind, and how Arabic and Muslim scientists contributed with their inventions.
Qatoura’s (The water droplet) Journey: the ride’s vehicles take the visitors through animated sets filled with special effects on a captivating journey through the water cycle. It also explores photosynthesis, water usage, desalination, and water pollution.
Using Water Efficiently Section: allows the guests to calculate their own water footprint, how much water different products need to be produced, and how some activities at home or at work use water, in addition to exploring the works of one of the seawater desalination plants from Qatar.
Tarsheed (Rationalization) House: Explores the uses of modern smart technologies at home to help reduce water & electricity usage. Aerators, dual flush systems, and smart shower heads are explored.
Green Building Exhibit (sponsored by Siemens): is an interactive games that allows visitors to build their own sustainable building. It explores grey water recycling, rainwater harvesting, the use of native plants, and local water filtration systems among other building science topics.