Al Rayah Driving School to be razed to make way for housing compound

Contractor signs on the site of the former Al Raya driving school

Lesley Walker / Doha News

Contractor signs on the site of the former Al Raya driving school

The former site of Al Rayah Driving School in Al Messila will be demolished and rebuilt as a residential compound, according to contractors’ signs that have gone up this week.

Preparation for the demolition of the site already appears to be underway.

The former site of Al Raya driving school, being cleared for construction

Lesley Walker / Doha News

The former site of Al Rayah driving school, being cleared for construction

The administrative buildings of the driving school have all been emptied and construction vehicles could be seen inside the complex, breaking down some of the previous infrastructure.

Doha News saw a few workers gathering up debris, although full demolition does not yet appear to have started.

The former site of Al Raya driving school, being cleared for construction

Lesley Walker / Doha News

The former site of Al Raya driving school, being cleared for construction

Last month, the driving school closed its operations on the central Doha site overnight, leaving many students and teachers confused.

The school, which taught up to 300 students an hour, is now operating on the other side of town, reportedly on the site of Dalla Driving Academy in the Industrial area.

Housing compound

A new housing development called Y Village 2 will now be built. It will have 83 two-story villas and a further 83 apartments.

There will also be a club house, swimming pools and a guard room, the details of the development sign state.

Y Village compound in Abu Sidra

Ramaco

Y Village compound in Abu Sidra

It will be the sister compound to Y Village in Abu Sidra in western Doha, which has 190 villas and 21 apartments. It is being built by Ramaco Trading & Contracting Co, which also manages the existing Y Village development.

No one from Ramaco was available to comment to Doha News on the development.

The new compound will be near a Lulu hypermarket branch on Jassim Bin Hamad St. This was scheduled to open last year, but is now set lto aunch before the end of this year, according to the Peninsula.

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