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Old June 19th, 2009, 11:59 AM   #41
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Demolition has already started in the upper part of the development (next to Rayyan road):

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There used to be some shops behind this! :

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These places have been boarded up and are abandoned, should be their turn soon:

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Former Ali Bin Ali head office:

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Old June 20th, 2009, 02:00 AM   #42
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Al Harib building on Rayyan Road being demolished. This will make way for the "National Archive" building.

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National Archive building:

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Location (in red) on the masterplan:

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Old June 20th, 2009, 02:56 AM   #43
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One of the things I like about this project is that while most of the current area will be demolished, the project also seeks to keep some old/existing buildings and structures and integrate them into the new development.
3 of these oldies that are being kept are:

1. Jassim Bin Mohammed House

This typical Qatari house from the 1870s is totally derelict and abandoned now. It was once inhabitated by the founder of modern Qatar, Jassim Bin Mohammed. It will be restored and will become part of the heritage buildings of the Heart of Doha project. A new birth for this forgotten historical jewel.

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Location (in red) on the masterplan:

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Old June 20th, 2009, 02:57 AM   #44
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2. Radwani House

I'm not sure about the history of these buildings. They look good. It seems like they have already been renovated recently, and are kept as part of the Heart of Doha masterplan.

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Location (in red) on the masterplan:

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Old June 20th, 2009, 02:58 AM   #45
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3. Praying Ground

The praying ground is part of the masterplan too. However, I believe it will be demolishing and reconstructed rather than restored. The place is already fenced.

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Render of the future praying ground:

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Location (in red) on the masterplan:

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Old June 20th, 2009, 10:18 AM   #46
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Awesome update massilia ! this project is certainly a good start for the redevelopment of central Doha... hopefully other areas will start such projects soon..
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Old June 20th, 2009, 05:53 PM   #47
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Good observation Massilia! I was told that the whole area has multiple levels of huge underground parking covering the entire area. I wonder how will they build that if they are going to build this area slowly.
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Old June 21st, 2009, 06:40 PM   #48
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the whole project will have two levels of underground parking which will span the whole grounds. You can literally enter from one end and exit the other
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Old June 30th, 2009, 09:13 AM   #49
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Old June 30th, 2009, 10:14 AM   #50
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Notice the "tram"... since thewy promised there will be alot of pedestrianized streets in the project so tram system is going to operate for the entire project, there will be an indoor mall with a cinema.. + outdoor souks like kahraba street etc.

Thanks Suzan (efforts appreciated)

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Old June 30th, 2009, 10:47 AM   #51
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Some information i got from the website...

Homes & Communities at Heart of Doha

Residential communities are centered around Al Kahraba Street and Sikkat Al Wadi. Townhouses and apartments are arranged in 'fireej' clusters which reflect deep-rooted traditions of privacy and security. Embedded within these communities are mosques, school and other community facilities which are within easy walking distance.


Retail Destination

The figure of 8 retail circuit brings together key shopping streets and destinations within the Heart of Doha. These include:

1. Barahat Al Naseem
2. Old Ukaz Street
3. Mai Galleria [shopping mall]
4. Remaas Street
5. Sikkat Al Wadi
6. Al Kahraba Street


This retail circuit is further connected to other city destinations such as Souk Waqif, proposed City Park and metro station.


Arts, Culture & Heritage

Connected with the retail circuit is an urban trail of arts, culture and heritage. This includes:

1. Old Diwan
2. Majilis
3. Barahat Al Naseem
4. Museum, cinema and theatre
5. Jalmood House
6. Sheikh Abdullah bin Qasim House
7. Ansari House
8. Jassim bin Mohammed Museum
9. Eid Ground
10. Al Koot Fort
11. Souk Waqif


Prestigious Business Addresses

Prestigious business addresses are located along Al Diwan Street and Musheireb Street, two of the most important downtown streets. These busy corridors maximize visibility for international headquarters. With convenient local facilities, restaurants, cafes and shopping destinations, this will bring life and vibrancy to the area and large buildings will create a noise and pollution buffer to the residential communities located in the interior of the development.

Ceremony & Governance

Connected to the Emiri Diwan and Al Rayyan Road is the Diwan Quarter where administrative offices and the Emiri Guards will be based. Al Rayyan Road is designed to be a grand ceremonial route for important state events and ceremonies. The National Archive building will mark the corner of the Corniche.
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Old June 30th, 2009, 03:15 PM   #52
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Are they going to tear down the old traditional houses in the pictures? I hope not
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Old June 30th, 2009, 04:02 PM   #53
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Are they going to tear down the old traditional houses in the pictures? I hope not
No, the old houses are gonna be kept of course, and the new development will take place around them. This is great because as of today, few people know about these old houses, they are either abandoned or closed, and in the middle of a neighbourhood that looks like the 3rd world. This is why articles posted above speak of a ‘heritage trail’ that will highlight these traditional buildings within the new development.
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Old July 1st, 2009, 10:35 AM   #54
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BTW, Massilia... the Radwani house that you posted pictures for (thanks for that =D), it turns out that that place you highlighted in the map is acctually three separate houses (according to the heart of doha website). on a side note the Jassim Bin Mohammed House will be turned into a museum while the other houses will just be conserved and kept..
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Old July 13th, 2009, 02:48 PM   #55
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You guys I have the NEWS OF THE DAY.

We are finally going to have a HUGE library in Doha Land. It's part of the project and it's going to be a marvel.

Someone that works on this project already told me
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Old November 18th, 2009, 11:52 AM   #56
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End of the road for the historic Jilmoud Street


A view of the remaining shops on Jilmoud from Akai Roundabout

The axe finally fell on the last cluster of shops on the Jilmoud Street in the Musheireb area, as seven-day eviction notices were pasted on the stores’ doors yesterday.
Housing some of the oldest and well-known enterprises in the country, Jilmoud Street is part of the first two phases of demolition in the Musheireb area that is being cleared for an ambitious new urban sprawl to be ready by 2016.
Around 20-25 shops on the right side of Jilmoud Street, going from the Kahraaba Street towards the Akai Roundabout received eviction notices from the Acquisition Department of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning requesting that buildings be vacated by November 18.
“It’s too short a notice,” said an Iranian gift shop-owner of 12 years, “but given what happened to the shops across us, we have been anticipating this.”
The stretch of Jilmoud Street starting from Jassim Bin Mohamed Street (facing Souq Waqif) to Akai Roundabout was vacated in October last year, while an additional 50m – all the way to the famous Al Habib Sweets & Bakery was emptied in July.


The eviction notice of the Acquisition department

Jilmoud Street’s historic significance is so vital that the new land-owner, Dohaland, promised to retain its name in the new development, ‘Heart of Doha’, along with Kahraaba, Nakheel, Jasra, and other streets.
Yesterday’s notice affects shops ranging from bicycle sellers to tailors making military uniforms to barbershops and restaurants.
While some were already closed for the midday break when the warning came, others quickly started moving out their inventory.
“For now, we will keep our stock in our store in the Industrial Area, and then see where we can relocate,” the Iranian said.
Businessmen in the area, the oldest business district of the country, have known about the eviction since 2006, when the painstakingly long process of identifying and compensating building-owners and businessmen began. Hundreds of businesses of diverse types have been dispersed across the city or suburbs when the demolition actually began this year.
Meanwhile, shops across those receiving the notice yesterday said their electricity was cut off two days ago, but was restored a few hours later.
“We called Kahramaa which switched the power back on. We told them our food products will rot in a few hours,” an official of Al Habib Sweets & Bakery, a four-decade old business, told Gulf Times.
“For now we will continue to see how many more days we can operate. We will wait,” he added.
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Old November 19th, 2009, 10:13 AM   #57
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International architects Allies and Morrison call for Doha to become more pedestrian-friendly

Doha needs to become more pedestrian-friendly and encourage Qatari families to relocate back into the city centre to ensure the city continues its recent revival.



These are the conclusions made by Tim Makower, partner at Doha-based architects Allies and Morrison, who was speaking at the prestigious Human Habitation conference in London.

'We are witnessing Doha beginning the rebirth of its city centre. But to do this it needs to bring Qatari families back into the city centre and become more pedestrian-friendly,' said Mr Makower.


"The West Bay district of Doha is not very pedestrian-friendly and so it has become a car dominated area. We need to encourage people to spend less time in their cars and more time outside enjoying the city, especially when the weather is cool."


Mr Makower was speaking at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London to a distinguished audience of architects, urban designers and developers at the international conference focussed on the architecture, settlement and urban identity of the Gulf Region .

Mr Makower explained to the audience that the Heart of Doha, the Arup/Edaw master plan being developed by DOHALAND, was an example of how Doha could use design and architecture to make places pedestrian-friendly and attractive to Qatari families.

DOHALAND's focus on architecture and green building development is in alignment with it mission to lead and inspire property development in Qatar, and empower the human potential to grow and flourish. DOHALAND aims to enhance and contribute to the social dynamism, cultural heritage and quality of life in Doha, Qatar.

He told the conference that he admired Beirut's regenerated city centre, known as the 'Solidere' where buildings have been designed to border streets with arcade frontages on the ground floor to create an active street level environment. He also said he favoured tight urban blocks that provide shade and give priority to pedestrians.

'It is important to look at how buildings can work together. Buildings that work in isolation and shout "look at me" do not help to create great cities,' Mr Makower added.

'The Heart of Doha has beautifully designed compact city neighbourhoods, which favour and promote the pedestrian. The richness of the public realm will ensure that people will enjoy walking in the city centre through the day with the architecture designed to keep the streets as cool as possible. People will have the conveniences of modern life. They will have cars but will use them less and less,' said Makower.

'Family homes will be within easy and pleasant walking distance of schools, shops, public spaces, mosques and other cultural activities. Residences are also arranged around a communal courtyard garden in intimate clusters of family homes, which form the nucleus of a new community.'

Mr Makower said he admired the recent refurbishment of the Souk Waqif, which has brought the old souk back to its former glory. Mr Makower added that Heart of Doha would take the process of reflecting Qatari heritage and culture in its architecture a step further by finding a new synthesis between traditional and contemporary design.

Allies and Morrison opened an office in Doha in the summer and over the last three years has developed the 'Architectural Guidelines' for the Heart of Doha, as well as designing several of the phase one buildings. These guidelines include the 'Seven Steps', which are the principles for a new language of Qatari architecture - rooted in the past but looking to the future.

Head of Allies and Morrison's Doha office, Simon Gathercole, explained that the central theme in the Heart of Doha master plan is the reinterpretation of traditional design elements in a new architecture language that authentically reflects Qatari heritage.

Mr Makower compares the Doha of today to Renaissance Italy in the 15th Century.

'In Renaissance Italy they looked for inspiration from Ancient Rome and used some direct references in their architecture. In Doha we're exploring how architecture can work to bridge the gap between twenty-first century design and lessons from the past. We want to form a direct connection between old and new. We do not want to mimic the past, but to reinterpret it.'
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That is a very interesting article! Doha needs to be more userfriendly, especially in the Souq Wakif area, where people usually park there cars across roads and have to run for their lives--literally!
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Old January 13th, 2010, 08:05 AM   #59
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Marhaba,

I am new to this forum, although I have used the info here in the past.

I grew up not too far from Qatar, mainly in Riyadh and I do have to say that I am impressed by the cultural, scientific and urban project taking place in your country.

A lot of mistakes have been done in building the new Arab cities; Disneyficiation and cultural erosion (Dubai) or mere corruption (Jeddah). However, a more nuanced and intelligent urban planning seems to be taking place in the newer projects like Doha, Abu Dhabi and Al-Shariqa. In a way, modernity is being re-interpreted to suit local culture and (hopefully) the environment, instead of transplanting "western" concepts into the desert.

What do the people living there think?
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They changed the name of the project from heart of doha to musheirb !!!!! WTF !!
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