Msheireb Downtown Doha is the world’s first sustainable downtown regeneration project, that has revived the old commercial district with a new architectural language that is modern, yet inspired by traditional Qatari heritage and architecture – its proportion, simplicity, space, light, layering, ornament and response to climate. Utilising the latest in sustainable technologies, Msheireb Downtown Doha adheres to the highest standards in green building. The strategic objectives of the city district was to reverse the pattern of development in Doha, which has tended towards isolated land use, reliance on car transportation and energy-hungry structures. Msheireb Downtown Doha has become a new social and civic hub in the city centre – a place where it is enjoyable to live, work, shop, visit, and spend time with family and friends.
Msheireb Downtown Doha
The 7 steps
Msheireb Downtown Doha is set to revive the old commercial district with a new architectural language that is modern yet inspired by traditional Qatari heritage. The DNA of the city district’s new Qatari architectural language can be adapted to developments anywhere in the world.
The ideas embodied in ‘Seven Steps emphasise social integration through urban design, focusing on extended families, kinship ties, social activity, local economy, collective identity, and an elevated awareness of the environment. An intensive three-year research process has gone into all aspects of Qatari architecture, including materials, designs, layouts and decorations, as well as underlying concepts such as durability, functionality and aesthetics.
Why Doha Design District?
Design is the DNA of a city. Design is history in the making. Design is a map of yesterday, a symbol of today and the language of tomorrow. Design intricately weaves itself in the fabric of society. Design must be impactful, beautiful, emotional but most of all sustainable. Now, imagine a city where design is around every corner. That’s Msheireb for you. A city designed for human connection and with community at its centre. There could be no better home for the Doha Design District than at the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha.
Where exactly is Doha Design District?
The Doha Design District is perfectly located right in the heart of the city, seamlessly connected to the rest of Doha. The district is located in one the most walkable cities in Qatar, and possibly the region. It is a few minutes’ walk away from the Msheireb Museums and Souq Waqif. The entire city is circumvented by Msheireb Tram, which connects the entire development in one loop. Msheireb Station, the largest metro station in Qatar, is located in the same vicinity as the Design District.
Sikkat AlWadi, which is the street where the Design District is located, is a pedestrian walkway allowing for outdoor events and installations to take place.
The M7 building, a new initiative by Qatar Museums, is an incubation centre where young designers are mentored and trained. M7 is located within Msheireb Downtown Doha and is just a few mins walk from the Design District.
What can you find at Doha Design District?
The Doha Design District will be a cultural hub for local, regional and international talents that will foster collaborations.
Creators, artists, makers, dreamers and the tastemakers
Artistic discoveries, unexpected collaborations, and unique fusions
A cultural Renaissance.