By Andrew White
Doha development will contain 200 buildings and 1,000 residential units for 27,000 people.
The CEO of Qatari developer Dohaland has confirmed that construction of its 35 hectare downtown development Musheireb is on schedule, and that raft concrete pouring for phase 1A of the project is underway.
Musheireb will contain 200 buildings and 1,000 residential units for the 27,000 people that will live or work in the district when it is completed in 2016. The first phase of the $5.9bn development is due for completion in 2012.
“The concrete pour marks an important milestone for Dohaland and Musheireb,” said Eng. Issa M. Al Mohannadi, CEO of Dohaland, in a statement.
“The construction of the project, in line with projected timelines, is a reflection of our commitment to the regeneration and revitalization of the heart of Doha,” he continued. “The mixed-use development will create a new commercial business hub which will provide the residence with more residential and recreational options.”
The overall concrete pouring on the project's 35 hectare area will consist of around 1.2 million cubic meters of concrete, enough to fill approximately 500 Olympic swimming pools, the company said.
The first phase of Musheireb includes the construction of the Diwan Amiri Quarter, which comprises Diwan Annex, Amiri Guard and the National Archive, and a Heritage Quarter that includes the Eid Prayer Ground and four heritage houses.
In February, Al Mohannadi told Arabian Business that Musheireb was the brainchild and personal passion of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, wife of the Emir of Qatar.
He revealed that she is in regular contact with Al Mohannadi and his team, and has revived an old Qatari tradition by leaving her royal handprint on the cornerstone of the Musheireb project.
“I have walked around the site with Sheikha Mozah,” said Al Mohannadi. “It’s a development she wants personally to bring to the people, and so she’s very involved, very passionate about it. We are inspired by her vision and forward thinking — all of this happened because of her support.”