Msheireb Downtown Doha: Qatar’s Sustainable Regeneration Project
Some destinations are naturally more sustainable than others. And as you might have guessed, Qatar is definitely not the easiest place to find sustainable initiatives in. Yet on our most recent trip to Doha, we were thrilled to learn about the Msheireb Downtown Doha project.
With the help of over 30,000 workers, 11 primary contractors, and 900 safety supervisors, Msheireb Downtown Doha has been brought to life since 2010. The aim of the world’s first sustainable downtown regeneration project is to build an initiative that “promotes environment friendly living, rediscovering heritage and culture.”
This smart city has one of the highest concentrations of LEED certified sustainable buildings, reducing energy use by 32% compared to regular buildings. The buildings in this part of town have been positioned to shade one another; they are also painted in light colors to cut cooling requirements.
Underground carparking has been created to ensure a pedestrian friendly environment and make space for bike lanes and walkways. The newly constructed metro system is also an integral part of Msheireb.
What we’re also super excited about, is the use of solar energy captured through solar panels on rooftops to generate electricity, and heat water within the local buildings. Despite petroleum and natural gas making up for more than 70% of government revenue, Qatar is acknowledging the importance of renewable energy and that’s definitely putting a smile on our faces.
And last but not least, the creators of Msheireb Downtown Doha are landscaping by planting native species that survive in the dry climate conditions, in order to reduce landscape irrigation requirements.
We look forward to further tracking the progress of construction and can’t wait to see what this regenerated area in Downtown Doha will look and feel like in 2020! Until then, you can read more about Msheireb here.