Sustainable regeneration project revives Doha’s ancient commercial district
In the oldest heart of Qatar’s capital city, Msheireb Downtown Doha is the flagship project of Msheireb Properties; the real estate development company has created a city within a city; it is smart, technological, and rich in infrastructure and services. Construction of the district began in 2010 and was completed in 2021. The new district includes more than 100 buildings housing more than 800 apartments, mixed-use and commercial buildings, three mosques, four museums, and four hotels, including the Mandarin Oriental and the Park Hyatt.
Msheireb Downtown, Doha, also hosts Barahat Courtyard, the largest pedestrian square in the region, with upmarket stores and several outdoor restaurants. Each building in the Mshereib Museums is built in the traditional Qatari style, with courtyards with columns, a style that has been widespread since the 19th century. A restored family home, the Radwani House, is an excellent example of a typical dwelling, where rooms surround a central open space. This house represents traditional Qatari family life and its goal is to preserve and share memories of Qatar during a period of historic social transformation.
Therefore, the district’s modern architecture is inspired by Qatari tradition, with its proportions, simplicity, space, light, layering, and, above all, it offers a new answer to the country’s climate. As the entire project aims to reverse Doha’s high-energy development model, Msheireb Downtown Doha is completely sustainable: all buildings are LEED Gold or Platinum certified and adhere to the highest green building standards.