Doha's $5.5b Musheireb project nears milestone

Framework on first buildings nearly complete in Qatar heritage project

Doha has undergone rapid transformation over the oast decade. Photo for reference only.
Doha has undergone rapid transformation over the oast decade. Photo for reference only.

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Progress on the Musheireb development in the heart of Doha, Qatar, is nearing its first major milestone – with steel frameworks on the first buildings nearing completion on the $5.5bn project.

Work on the project began in January 2010 and, once completed, the 35-hectare development will “transform the architectural centre of the capital city, recreating a way of living that is rooted in Qatari culture”.

The masterplan was designed around the primary objective of reversing the pattern of development and growth of Doha in recent decades which has tended towards isolated land uses with urban sprawl and heavy reliance on car transport. Focus will be on reducing car use and congestion, while improving connectivity across the wider city area.

"Skyscrapers and isolated living compounds are not the communities we aspire to in Doha. We therefore decided to revive our past, rediscover our traditions, and regenerate the communities we have lost in this world,” said Issa Al Mohannadi, CEO of Dohaland, the developer, during the project’s ground-breaking ceremony last year.

“We will do this by combining the spirit and aesthetic of yesterday with environmentally friendly and sustainable know-how of tomorrow.”

The mixed-use development will contain 226 buildings and will be home to 27,637 residents. A joint-venture between Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd and HBK Contracting Co. was awarded the QR1.56 billion contract for the first phase of Dohaland, while the enabling works was awarded to Bauer International Qatar LLC in 2009, and the infrastructure works awarded to C.A.T. International, which includes a district cooling plant and 66 KV Substation.

Time Qatar was recruited for project management consulting, Arup will serve as master development consultant and infrastructure consultant, Allies and Morrison and Burns McDonnell are the design architect and executive architect respectively for Phase 1A.

The project will be completed in five phases, with the first phased due for completion by 2012.

The entire project is due to be completed by 2016.

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