QATAR: Prince of Wales briefed on Msheireb Project

Prince Charles, a keen advocate of sustainable development, toured Doha’s Msheireb Enrichment Centre, where he attended a presentation on the construction of Msheireb Downtown Doha.

Prince Charles is shown around by a senior official on his visit to the Msheireb Enrichment Centre in Doha.

Mohamed al-Marri, a senior engineer and chief officer of design for Msheireb, showcased the major milestones achieved to date and explained the project’s pioneering contribution to the conservation of Doha’s cultural heritage and its sensitivity to the local environment, using both traditional town planning methods and advanced technologies. “It is a great honour to receive the Prince of Wales at the Msheireb Enrichment Centre and welcome his profound interest in the aims of our flagship project,” said al-Marri.

“For many years the prince has been a passionate supporter of efforts to preserving cultural and architectural heritage around the world. As a project inspired by the past and built for tomorrow’s generations, the Msheireb Downtown Project represent a blueprint for sustainable urban regeneration for the future.”

The Prince of Wales is recognised globally for his concern for the environment and has inspired a number of conservation and awareness initiatives over the last three decades. A regular visitor to the Gulf, Prince Charles has also actively promoted ties between Qatar and the United Kingdom. The trade between the two countries is expected to double to QR23.7bn (£4.4bn) by 2015.

Viewing a detailed model of Msheireb Downtown Doha, a purpose-built community facility devoted to the regeneration of Doha’s historical commercial district, Prince Charles was briefed on the many UK consultants attached to the project. Msheireb Downtown Doha is realising a new architectural language by building the world’s first sustainable downtown regeneration project across a 31-hectare (76-acre) site. The unique mixed-use project utilises age-old principles of design and urban planning to create a pedestrian neighbourhood, minimising congestion and encouraging a community feel distinct to Qatari contemporary culture.

Source: Caye Global News, Gulf Times

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