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Doha wins residential architecture award

The 13th edition of Arab Towns Organisation Awards saw Qatar bag four wins with Doha, Al Wakra, Al Shamal, and Al Rayyan walking away with prizes

The Hazm Al Markhiya residential project which won first position in Architecture Award category.
The Hazm Al Markhiya residential project which won first position in Architecture Award category.

Qatar bagged four places in the 13th edition of Arab Towns Organisation Awards announced last week.

Doha, Al Wakra, Al Shamal, and Al Rayyan walked away with prizes in this edition, The Peninsula reported.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Award, and Doha Municipality director, Eng Jamal Matar Al Nuaimi, commented: “I am very proud that four Qatari towns had won prizes in the 13th edition of Arab Towns Organisation Awards, especially Doha municipality for the first position due to a significant architectural value for the project of Al Hazm."

Winning the Architecture Award category was Doha for its project Hazm al Markhiya residential project, deemed an excellent place for entertainment and shopping.

Among other, the project has cultural and educational facilities including a library, clubs and educational centres for children.

Coming second in the Architectural Heritage category was Al Wakrah, for its renovation of Al Wakra Fort.

While the surrounding areas of the fort were beautified, making it a tourist attraction, natural materials were used in the renovations, which were undertaken by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment in collaboration with Qatar Museums Authority.

By focusing on planting palm trees and Qatari trees, won Al Shamal town the second position in the Green Award category. The project also provided a children’s’ playground and a place for people with special needs.

In addition, the project met international standards in implementation.

For Al Rayyan, which came third in the Beautification Award, the jury reached its decision owing to its level of cleanliness and large space, one of the biggest towns in Qatar.

While the designs of the projects met international standards, the municipality paid attention to finer details in the parks which offered a stadium for children, in addition to areas for people with special needs.

The municipality also considered maintenance works and renovation which maintained its identity.
 

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