Msheireb Properties Celebrate Qatar National Day at Msheireb Downtown Doha

Doha, Qatar, 16 December 2018

Msheireb Downtown Doha, the flagship development project by Msheireb Properties, witnessed an array of activities last week in celebration of Qatar National Day.

On December 13, Msheireb Downtown Doha was one of the landmarks that proudly received the Qatar Flag as part of the nation-wide relay event for the first time, organised by the Qatar Olympic Committee. The flag was brought to Msheireb Downtown Doha by a group of cyclists who carried it all the way from Hamad International airport.

The flag entourage was received by Mr Ali Al Kuwari, Acting CEO of Msheireb Properties, along with a big representation of the company’s leadership, employees, hotel operators, and construction workers. Team Msheireb carried the flag through the main landmarks of Msheireb Downtown Doha and handed over the flag back to more than 300 cyclists in Al Kahraba Street.

And to make the celebrations even better, Msheireb Properties organised a special lightshow at Barahat Msheireb, the region’s largest coveredopen-air square. The event is the first time ever the square has been lit at night to commemorate such a special occasion. Attended by the company leadership, employees, their families and friends, and key stakeholders, the lightshow had everyone mesmerised. Attendees marvelled at the amazing architecture, while rays of light danced masterfully on its walls drawing up symbols of Qatar’s culture. Msheireb Properties has also invited young Qatari business owners to participate in the event, thus giving them a chance to market their products as part of the company’s commitment to support and encourage entrepreneurship.

Commenting on the events, Mr. Ali Al Kuwari, acting CEO said: “We are thrilled and proud to have been a part of the official celebrations of the Qatar National Day. Msheireb Downtown Doha, itself, is a year-round celebration of our heritage, culture and identity. The project is a revival of the birthplace of the city of Doha, the spot where our modern society started taking shape. The Flag Relay and the Lightshow have been a symbolic contribution and a great way for all of us to take a moment to appreciate the country that has been providing for all of us.”

Barahat Msheireb is part of Msheireb Downtown Doha, by Msheireb Properties. It is considered the biggest open-air square with retractable roof regionally and is expected to feature niche shopping and picturesque alfresco cafés and restaurants, as well as famous hospitality brands such as the Middle East’s first Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Msheireb Museums Hosts “Rwaiha” Exhibition

Doha, Qatar, 5 December 2018

Msheireb Museums, the leading cultural and tourist destination in Msheireb Downtown Doha, hosted Rwaiha, the perfumes, incense, flowers and coffee exhibition, organised by Tarteeb, a renowned Qatari lifestyle and events company. The event, which concluded on Monday, celebrated Qatar’s cultural and entrepreneurial spirit.

Rwaiha -Qatari word for Scent- was held in the open-air courtyard of two historical houses; the Company House and Mohammed Bin Jassim House, part of Msheireb Museums in the heart of the Msheireb Downtown Doha.

Highlighting the relevance of the event, Hafiz Ali, Msheireb Museums Director, said: “I am very happy with this collaboration with Tarteeb, as we always welcome the opportunity to work with local artists and curators to host events such as Rwaiha. Fairs, exhibitions, and community initiatives are vital to support the entrepreneurial spirit of young people, but most importantly, they help us attract Qatari youth to historical cultural hubs in the heart of Doha such as the four houses of Msheireb Museums.”

“We are keen on raising awareness around our heritage and using it as an inspiration for the development of our Qatari identity that combines the authenticity and traditions of the past with the modernity and flexibility of the future,” he added.

Rwaihawitnessed the participation of more than 50 local and regional entrepreneurs who showcased variant unique blends of fragrances, aromas, incense, coffee and roses. Characterized by their modern ingenuity, the exhibition pavilions created a lovely contrast against the traditional background of the old Qatari houses.

Sharifa Al Sai, Executive Director of Tarteeb, said: “Incense, perfumes and coffee are an essential part of our Qatari heritage and history. Msheireb Museums was the perfect location to host the  exhibition, complementing our idea and reinforcing a sense of identity and tradition. It was a very rewarding endeavor and we look forward to working with Msheireb Museums again to bring more cultural events to Doha in the future.”

Being the official sponsor of Rwaiha, Mr Jaber Al Hajri, owner of La Princesse Coffee, said: “It was indeed an excellent commercial and marketing opportunity for our brand. I was impressed by the concept, the theme and the choice of location. We thank Msheireb Museums for hosting us in this wonderful heritage site and Tarteeb for their impeccable execution.”

As implied by its very name, Rwaihashowcased perfumes, coffee blends, and flowers. The exhibition created an enchanting historical ambience with traditional music, poetry recitals, cultural shows, competitions, and prizes. The event also provided training workshops for those interested in perfumeries, coffee and flower formations.

Msheireb Museums is the new cultural destination featuring four historic heritage houses in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha. Located within the oldest part of the capital, they form an important part of Qatar’s national history, one that reveals the  unique aspects of Qatar’s cultural and social development along the years.  Msheireb Museums is a significant milestone for Msheireb Properties in realising the vision of Msheireb Downtown Doha, Qatar’s first sustainable and smart city regeneration project.