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Msheireb Properties to restore historical buildings in Downtown development
A specialized team has been appointed by Msheireb Properties, headed by leading local and international experts, to monitor the restoration and preservation of four historical buildings in the Downtown development.
Such an initiative by Mshereib emphasizes the commitment by Msheireb Properties to preserve Qatari culture and heritage, in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030.
The team will work for restoration of the four historic heritage houses, which will transform the Heritage Quarter, and create an important cultural destination withint he development. Among the four houses to be restored are Company House, Jalmoud House, Al Radwani House and Mohamed Bin Jassim House. These structures will grow to be the museums, cultural centres and exhibition buildings.
Apart from this, the team will take up the responsibility of dismantling a heritage house with particular historic value, and will reconstruct it at another location within the Heritage Quarter.
The new Heritage Quarter, situated adjacent to Msheireb’s Cultural Forum, will be a major landmark project for the development, and will complement and link the new downtown with Souq Waqif, one of the oldest Souqs in Doha, in addition to other cultural amenities within the Msheireb Downtown project.
The CEO of Msheireb Properties, Issa M Al Mohannadi, explained that it is vital to preserve the houses that offer a rare glimpse into the history of Qatar. The restoration of these houses will help in preserving tradition and historic buildings in the city centre. It further strengthens the belief that Qatar grows and transforms as a nation.
Msheireb Properties is working towards leading an urban and sustainable development agenda for Qatar. The $5.5bn Msheireb Downtown project is also one of the first sustainable downtown regeneration projects in the world, being done in the historical site of Downtown Doha, spanning 31hectares.
The project will help transform the old commercial and business district into a vibrant and culturally active city centre. This unique mixed-use project uses ancient principles of design, and urban planning to create a pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood by minimizing traffic congestion and promoting a Qatari contemporary culture in the community.
Posted on 20/9/2011
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