UN Habitat newsletter - March 2023
Inauguration of Al-Qahira Park in Heet
Marking the completion of projects funded by the European Union in Heet, under its umbrella program “Supporting Recovery and Stability in Iraq through Local Development”, UN-Habitat recently inaugurated the new Al-Qahira Park located in Al-Baker neighbourhood. In his speech, Mr Jassim Mohammad, Deputy Governor of Anbar for Administrative Affairs, stated that "one of the key reasons for the success of the projects implemented by UN-Habitat in Heet is their spatial focus on a single neighbourhood, which created a model for reconstruction that can be applied successfully in other cities of the province of Anbar and the rest of Iraq”. Mr Muhannad Zabar, Mayor of Heet, praised the efforts of UN-Habitat in implementing vital projects that have contributed to the reconstruction of the city of Heet and supported the stability of the district after its liberation from ISIL. He emphasised the role of parks in “providing one of the critical necessities for the return of life to the region”. The new 3,570 sqm Al Qahira Park in Al-Baker includes large green spaces and a composite playground for children and teenagers, an open-air gym, gazebos for families, and a modern multi-tiered and colourful water fountain surrounded by seating.