Urban redevelopment in Qatar

Msheirib Downtown Doha
Msheirib Downtown Doha

‘The Edge’ is a monthly business magazine for professionals operating within Qatar’s multi-sector business landscape.  – See more at: http://www.theedge.me/about/#sthash.tQlPnhaP.dpuf

It has published on 15 July 2015 an interview of Msheirib Properties CEO. 

Msheirib is the inner core district of Doha, Qatar, that is in fact the central historical area where in the early 20 and 30’s the fishing village first agglomerated on the banks of the permanently dry Wadi Musheirib before hitting the Persian Gulf bay of Doha. 

The 31 hectares Msheirib district was a derelict but an intensely active area of Doha and the new urban redevelopment scheme’s brief was to keep to this character and to develop it to the highest specifications. 

The development first phase comprises low to mid-rise buildings to include speculative and governmental offices, townhouses, apartments, amenities, a mosque, a school, a cultural centre, etc. and the main Doha Metro station.  Later phases will be about retail space, cinemas and more office and residential spaces.

Excerpts of the interview.

The smart side of Msheireb Downtown Doha

by Farwa Zahra, deputy editor, The Edge15 July 2015

Talk about Qatar’s green developments, and the project of Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD) will immediately come into the discussion.  However, behind its more popular features of regeneration and sustainability are lesser-known smart city solutions.  With its special MDD Service Catalogue, the project continues to review its IT infrastructure incorporating smart city solutions.  Just as Lusail City is dubbed as Qatar’s future city, MDD could be called the future town of Doha.  The Edge’s deputy editor Farwa Zahra explores the ‘smart’ side of MDD in an exclusive interview with Engineer Abdulla Hassan Al Mehshadi, chief executive officer of Msheireb Properties.

More than 75 percent of waste produced in the construction of Msheireb Downtown Doha project is being recycled instead of being sent to a landfill, thereby ensuring sustainability before the start of its operational phase.  More than 75 percent of waste produced in the construction of Msheireb Downtown Doha project is being recycled instead of being sent to a landfill, thereby ensuring sustainability before the start of its operational phase.

But what is a smart city?  The European Commission defines it as “a place where the traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies, for the benefit of its inhabitants and businesses”.  According to Deloitte’s report Technology, Media & Telecommunications Predictions 2015, Middle East, in the next five years, the global smart cities technology market is expected to reach somewhere between USD400 billion (QAR1.45 trillion) to more than USD1.5 trillion (QAR5.46 trillion) by 2020. Reporting six smart city projects launched in the past decade in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Deloitte study further forecasts that the number of smart cities in the GCC will double within the next two to three years.

For further reading see at: http://www.theedge.me/the-smart-side-of-msheireb-downtown/#sthash.6MSfJxKK.dpuf

 

 

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