World’s ‘most sustainable’ city district, Msheireb Downtown, open for public
For those of you who have been in Qatar long enough, the value of Msherieb has always been supreme. In a QR20 billion modernization project, which has seen an evolution of this central neighborhood, the world’s most ‘smartest’ and ‘most sustainable’ fully-built city district has emerged as Msherieb Downtown Doha (MDD). Most quarters of this stunning neighborhood are now said to be open to public.
Considered by experts as the “best example of urban regeneration” across the globe, MDD revives the old commercial heart of the city through a “new architectural language” that is based on community living, across a 76-acre site, reported Gulf Times.
Central to the revamped area are its “green features”, from rainwater harvesting to shady overhangs that make walking outside cooler, Clark Williams, Director – Marketing, Msheireb Properties, said in an interview with Gulf Times.
“We are the first to introduce the cool pool system in Qatar and have the largest number of PV solar panels in the country,” Williams said.
Most of the mixed-use development, which comprises more than 100 buildings, is fitted with PV solar panels, solar water panels and overhangs designed to shade the surrounding sidewalks.
Williams highlighted that the entire project features sustainable designs that consume fewer resources, generate less waste, cost less to operate and achieve a reduced carbon footprint.
All buildings within the city district are targeting an average ‘Gold’ rating under the internationally recognised LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification system developed by the US Green Building Council, while several buildings will aim for a ‘Platinum’ rating.
The Jumaa Mosque at Msheireb is one of the first LEED certified mosques in the region (LEED Gold).
The project comes under Qatar’s National Vision 2030 that focuses on minimizing energy consumption and reducing the country’s carbon footprint, among other goals.
It boasts of a lot of key achievements for the country such as:
- the largest known concentration of LEED Gold-certified buildings in the world
- the “largest onsite water treatment of non-drinking water” for district cooling use in Qatar
- the “first large-scale mixed-use development project in Qatar” to use non-drinking water for flushing water
- the “first known development” that collects condensate water from air conditioning in Qatar
- the “largest fully automated” waste collection system in the country
- the biggest Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants in Qatar supplying non-potable water for irrigation, flushing water and the cooling towers
- it will have the largest metro station in Qatar (with a capacity to host 25,000 passengers in an hour) and it is also home to the first operational tram in Qatar
- it will have Qatar’s longest outdoor pedestrian shopping street.
- it is one of the largest developments in Qatar that has developed a fiber backbone of approximately 430km of fiber optic network and growing
Msheireb Downtown Doha is a social and civic services hub with a combination of commercial and residential properties, civic services, retail, cultural offerings, entertainment areas and four hotels, which include the 5-star Mandarin Oriental, Park Hyatt, Al Wadi Doha MGallery by Accor Hotels and a Boutique hotel.
Two luxury hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Doha and Al Wadi Doha MGallery were already opened to the public last month.
The country’s iconic financial institution – QNB moved into Msheireb Downtown Doha in October 2018.
The ‘Souq Underpass’ connecting MDD with Souq Waqif had opened in October 2018. Besides offering convenient access between the properties, the Souq Underpass contains many retail shops, he said.
Clearly, the Msheireb Downtown Doha project blends traditional Qatari heritage and aesthetics with modern technology, a focus on sustainability and harmony with the environment.
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