Long before winning the bid for organizing the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar has shown great commitment for sustainable and green building construction. To preserve its natural resources, while exploiting the growth opportunities, Qatar has made sustainability an unavoidable part of its future strategy. Msheireb Downtown Doha, Qatar National Convention Center and Lusail Smart City are few but explicit examples of that commitment.
Msheireb Downtown Doha
The $5.5 billion Msheireb Downtown Doha, a flagship project by Msheireb Properties, is the world's first sustainable downtown regeneration project. This project is designed to regenerate and preserve the historical heart of Doha. The 76-acre project features a masterplan that observes a series of sustainable design objectives to optimize microclimatic effects, enhance thermal comfort, maximize water and energy efficiency, as well as encourage waste management and reduce carbon emissions. All buildings within the development are targeting an average of a Gold rating under the LEED certification system.
Qatar National Convention Center
The Qatar National Convention Center is one of the world’s most iconic energy-efficient convention centers built to date, boasting an iconic design bearing the ‘sidra tree’. The LEED-certified building was designed by the renowned Japanese Architect, Arata Isozaki. The façade resembles two intertwined trees reaching up to support the exterior canopy. The center, which opened in 2011 in Doha, hosts local, regional and international events. The building is designed to operate efficiently with innovations such as water conservation and energy-efficient fixtures. It features 3,500 square meters of solar panels providing 12.5% of the center’s energy needs. Its exhibition halls use energy-efficient LED lighting.
Lusail Smart City
Created by Lusail Real Estate Development Company on behalf of Qatari Diar, Lusail City is the largest single development to be undertaken in Qatar. The development will include the $45 billion Lusail Stadium and 22 luxury hotels. Referred as the ‘City of the Future’, it boasts a light rail network, a water taxi transportation system, cycle and pedestrian network, as 30% of the land area will be dedicated to green and open spaces to create a relaxed atmosphere, integrated with lively components of the city. Lusail City’s ambitious concepts reflect Qatar's National Vision 2030 – which aims to transform Qatar into an advanced society capable of achieving sustainable development by 2030.