Back To Msheireb


An exhibition launched by Msheireb Museums in collaboration with UCL Qatar, “Back to Msheireb”, created by MA Museum and Gallery students, celebrates the neighbourhood as a meeting point between change and tradition during the period 1980-2009.

Experience the shared stories of Qatar’s local and foreign residents in a unique part of Doha’s urban environment as history is brought to life.

Exhibition Dates
5 April 2017 – 27 July 2017


The Mohammed Bin Jassim Museum, Msheireb Museums, Downtown Doha

Msheireb Museums brings educational leaders together to celebrate International Museums Day 2017

Msheireb Museums, an integral aspect of Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD), and a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation, celebrated International Museums Day 2017 with an interactive forum that brought educators together to drive the cultural development of Qatar.

Hosted at Bin Jelmood House, located at MDD’s Heritage Quarter, the forum invited students, academics, cultural leaders and media to commemorate this global event, whose theme this year was ‘Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums’. This theme highlights the importance of museums in society as they work to promote peaceful relationships between people, and present contested history, which is the first step in envisioning a shared future.

The interactive day brought to light a new peer-led volunteer programme, which Mshiereb Museums has implemented with the help of academic and educational institutions and youth centres. Entitled ‘Msheireb Museums Friends’, this mutually-beneficial volunteer programme empowers teachers and educational leaders to become tour guides in the museums and enhance their skills to lead student tours. The program will also enable students to enhance their leadership skills while introducing the community to the country’s rich culture.

Following the presentation, a panel discussion and workshop took place, enabling participants to discuss ways in which museums and educational institutions can work together to support their curriculum and bridge the gap presented by language and culture.

Commenting on the celebration of International Museums Day and the launch of Msheireb Museums Friends, Hafiz Ali, Director of Msheireb Museums, said: “It is a great pleasure support International Museums Day. Events such as these enable us to recognise the important role that museums play in society.”

Mr. Hafiz continued: “Msheireb Museums Friends, our new initiative, which was under discussion at today’s event, is a pioneering new programme which challenges the conventional approach to cultural education and enables us to create a knowledge ecosystem that delivers cultural, societal and educational wealth.”

Established to create cultural ambassadors, Msheireb Museums Friends will train a number of teachers and leaders from a wide range of educational, youth associations along with students, helping to develop their leadership skills and get the most out of the historic cultural houses.

Msheireb Museums mark a very significant milestone for Msheireb Properties in realising the vision of Msheireb Downtown Doha, Qatar’s first sustainable regeneration project. The Museums celebrate the history of 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. These reconstructed buildings and gallery spaces allow the community to engage in the significant aspects of Qatar’s past and memories of life before the country’s rapid economic development.

International Museum Day has been acknowledged on May 18 since 1977, with more than 35,000 museums participating in 2016 across 145 countries. The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.

Msheireb Properties and Qatar Development Bank partner to open investment opportunities and empower local SMEs and entrepreneurs

Msheireb Properties Offers Great Opportunity To Develop Commercial Business In The Historic Al Kahraba Street At Its Flagship Project Msheireb Downtown Doha

Msheireb Properties, developers of Msheireb Downtown Doha and a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation, have signed a partnership agreement with Qatar Development Bank (QDB) to offer an exciting business opportunity to local investors and SMEs.

This unique endeavor reflects Msheireb Properties aim to diversify all fields of Qatar’s economy. The agreement will provide a great investing opportunity to startups and small and medium businesses looking for a vibrant downtown venue to bring their project to life. The project which includes an innovative concept café with accompanying retail store will have a focus on Qatari culture showcasing flavours that are synonymous with Qatar.

According to this agreement, Msheireb Properties will provide the selected business with a prime retail space located at the city’s historical Al Kahraba Street within their landmark project, Msheireb Downtown Doha, an exciting new mixed use development that will regenerate the city’s commercial centre.

While QDB will appoint the best café operator and owner, and provide financial help and business counselling services to ensure the new enterprise grows and prospers.
Speaking of the venture, Mr. Abdulla Hassan Al Mehshadi, Chief Executive Officer at Msheireb Properties, said, “We are extremely pleased to work with Qatar Development Bank to bring this opportunity to life in Qatar. Our work supports Qatar’s National Vision 2030, which seeks to progress the country’s economic and human development. We aim to guide the energies of our youth towards entrepreneurship and the development of projects by overcoming obstacles and providing them with means that help motivate them to innovate and encourage them to do business.”

Commenting on this business opportunity, Mr. Abdulaziz Nasser Al-Khalifa Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Development Bank, said: “We are delighted that leading organisations such as Msheireb Properties recognise the need to provide support to Qatar’s SMEs. Our vision is to stimulate a vibrant and robust private sector by empowering Qatari entrepreneurs and innovators to grow enterprises that help diversify the country’s economy. Together with Msheireb Properties we are providing a vital springboard for growth at a time when they country’s own ambitions are also progressing.”

Msheireb Downtown Doha will be home to a diverse retail mix, offering an array of bespoke mall, high street shopping and picturesque boutiques surrounded by street entertainment and live performance areas. This 31-hectare mixed use development situated in the heart of the city will set a new retail benchmark offering visitors access to art and culture, entertainment, and exciting new dining offering to become Qatar’s ultimate must visit destination.

Businesses who wish to take part in the selection process will be expected to deliver a full brand identity for a Qatari Concept Café and retail shop, and ensure that they have an innovative offer that focuses on local culture. Application deliverables include a description of the business plan, food and service concept presentation with a sample menu, and details of the operator’s background and experience.

Operators wishing to take part must submit their proposals to [email protected]. For more information call 443 000 000.

Msheireb Properties Announces its New Urban Plan to Develop the Middle East’s First ‘Luxeclusive’ Resort in Qatar

Zulal Wellness Resort And Family Wellness Resort Paves The Way For The Country’s Tourism Initiatives

Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, has announced its new urban plan to develop and build a new landmark wellbeing destination in Qatar – Zulal Wellness Resort.

Msheireb Properties has recently revealed the details of this project, stating that Zulal Wellness Resort will bring health wisdom from across the world together with traditional Arabic and Islamic wellness principles. This ‘luxeclusive’ concept delivers global luxury standards while preserving traditional family values to ensure every visitor’s needs are addressed.
Strengthening Msheireb Properties’ development portfolio, Zulal Wellness Resort brings to fruition the developer’s ambitions to bring the world’s finest resorts and residential developments to Qatar, supporting the development projects landscape in Qatar.

Eng. Abdulla Hassan Al Mehshadi, Chief Executive Officer at Msheireb Properties, said, “Set to be the country’s largest spa and wellness center, and the Middle East’s first wellness destination resort, we believe that our new venture will bring the world’s attention to Qatar and will be a tourism transformation driver

He added: “Zulal Wellness Resort will be a calm haven for international visitors where they can enjoy health and wellness experiences which bring a true taste of the region. While strengthening our development portfolio, our latest project also brings vital investment to the country, enabling Qatar to grow its tourism sector.”
Eng. Antoine Georges Saade, Executive General Manager, from Al Sraiya Trading and Contracting the main contractor of the project said: “We are honored to collaborate with Msheireb Properties as the main contractor to execute one of the most important and leading urban projects in Qatar and the region.

Saade continued: “The new resort is distinguished with its sustainable design and features, and will be a milestone development in the Al Shamal area. At the same time, Zulal Wellness Resort is an added value to our portfolio of projects. Al Sariya Trading and Contracting Company will closely work with Msheireb Properties to deliver a project which will be an iconic resort in the region”.

Set over 28 hectares meters in a private coastal area known as Khasooma, on the northern tip of Qatar, Zulal Wellness Resort is located 120 kilometers from Doha. Providing guests with a remote getaway retreat, Zulal Wellness Resort offers 60 rooms while its adjacent Family Wellness Resort boasts 120 spacious rooms with shared facilities that can be accessed by both venues.
Adults can access a wide range of therapeutic and lifestyle enhancement regimen based upon traditional Arabic and Islamic wellness principles through Zulal Wellness Resort. While Zulal Family Wellness Resort enables families to enjoy positive wellbeing experiences together: the resort’s carefully-crafted daily activity program enables health and fitness to become a family agenda that is incorporated into their everyday lives.

At the heart of Zulal Wellness Resort’s therapeutic and lifestyle enhancement regimens are a finely prescribed approach to medicine based upon Hakim Ibn Sina’s philosophy of health and longevity. Utilising herbs and ingredients which are indigenous to Qatar and the region, Zulal Wellness Resort will be the first wellness destination the region to bring focus to Islamic culture and values, and give international visitors a truly Middle-Eastern experience.

Aligned with the country’s health education initiatives that all family development entities are working to accomplish, Zulal Family Wellness Resort is a playful, interactive center which nurtures family health, helping children to adopt a healthy lifestyle through positive experiences. Combining family activities, along with individual classes for parents and children, Zulal Family Wellness Resort keeps families together during their health journey.

Set to follow the architectural language developed for the flagship project, Msheireb Downtown Doha, this ambitious new wellness resort will also utilize local sustainable materials and adopt new technological advancements to help the development achieve gold LEED status.

Msheireb Properties Recognized with Double Win at 1st Annual Qatar Sustainability Awards

Doha, Qatar: November 15, 2016: Msheireb Properties, Qatar’s leading sustainable real estate developer, and a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), was presented with two awards at the first annual Qatar Sustainability Awards on Monday, November 14.

Msheireb Mosque and the National Archive two iconic properties within Msheireb Downtown Doha, Msheireb Properties flagship urban regeneration project, were bestowed the honours due to their excellence in the successful execution of sustainability in master planning. Msheireb Mosque captured the prize in the religious building category, while the National Archive was the winner in the government buildings classification.

Qatar Sustainability Awards are officiated by Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) and aim to recognize the efforts, commitment, and contributions of individuals, institutions and organizations in furthering sustainable development and environmental protection in Qatar and beyond. A jury, comprised of senior sustainability and green building experts, practitioners and sustainability academics were charged with choosing the winners from a competitive list of nominees.

Accordingly, the Msheireb Mosque and the National Archive have been recently awarded LEED gold certification and platinum certification respectively, denoting excellence in green building strategies and practices. These two newly built structures have achieved maximum energy efficiency in construction and design, which restrict reliance on air-conditioning units via environmentally friendly applications. Their energy recovery air systems allow the precooling and regulation of indoor temperatures and their superior district cooling systems deliver chilled water through low energy consumption. Further energy mitigation features, include solar panelling that generate high levels of usable electricity in both buildings throughout the entire year.

“We are truly honoured to receive these awards. As a regional pioneer in sustainability, Msheireb Properties strives to consistently demonstrate exceptional leadership and initiative in the areas of sustainable master planning and design. As we move forward with our completion of Msheireb Downtown Doha, these awards reinforce our vision to continue to meet and exceed the highest international environmental standards in community development and urban regeneration projects,” said Mr. Ali Al Kuwari, Chief Officer – design and delivery, at Msheireb Properties.

When speaking of the practices of green building and sustainability in the business sectors, Ms. Noora Al-Rumaihi, Manager-Communication and Public Relations at Msheireb Properties said, “Often times companies believe that it’s not cost effective and routinely too inconvenient to function and build sustainably. Yet the truth is quite the opposite. Organizations should be encouraged to move beyond current methods and feel emboldened to look upon sustainability and conservation as fundamental aspects of societal development and business advancement.”

The Msheireb Mosque is located within Phase 1 of Msheireb Downtown Doha near the Msheireb Museums and is easily accessible from around the Msheireb neighbourhood and the adjoining souq area. The newly opened mosque can accommodate 600 worshippers, and houses dedicated prayer halls for both men and women. The National Archive is the storehouse of Qatar’s history and heritage and also serves as a facility for public assemblies. It is situated near the northeast corner of Msheireb Downtown Doha, overlooking Doha Bay and adjacent to the Eid Prayer Ground and Souq Waqif.

Msheireb Properties was celebrated at the Awards’ ceremony for their miraculous revitalization of the old commercial district of the city while still retaining and recapturing Qatar’s heritage and architectural traditions. The 31-hectare QAR 20 billion development aims to enrich the lives of both individuals and communities – encouraging more sustainable and environmentally responsible behaviour, while offering a better understanding of the local and regional heritage through its unique lifestyle and environment.

Msheireb Properties hosts 5th Annual Risk Management Forum

Doha, Qatar; November 04, 2016: For the fifth consecutive year, Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation, is proud to announce that it has hosted the Annual Risk Management Forum in Doha at the Bait Bin Jelmood, in Msheireb Downtown Doha.

The theme of this year’s forum addressed ‘Walking on Shifting Sand: Managing Uncertainties in the Region’. The challenges of managing risks in the ever changing regional and global economic environment and conditions, including the proposed methods and approaches for tackling constant change and ways of risk mitigation adaptation.

Now in its fifth year, the risk management forum has a growing reputation for effectively predicting and confronting the most prevalent threats facing organizations and the global business community. The 2016 event was attended by a large cross-section of business and risk management experts from a variety of industries and backgrounds including, auditors, consultants, engineers, contractors, IT experts, oil & gas executives, project and program managers and real estate developers.

The diversity of delegates and guest speakers at this year’s affair added to lively schedule of activities which included discussions and lessons on a multitude of organizational threats. The panel of experts spoke on key risk management issues such as the future of risk management, risk culture building, risk leadership and business resilience modelling.

“I am truly proud of what we have achieved during the 5th Annual Risk Management Forum. Through the resolve and the vision of Msheireb Properties, we have built this platform into the premier risk management symposium in the Gulf and will continue to leverage best practices from a diversity of industry leaders to mitigate risk and to induce systemic standards across a full breadth of industries. In 2016, we boasted a cavalcade of world-class thought leaders and decision makers from a multitude of sectors,” said Mr. Abdulla Hassan Al-Mehshadi, CEO Msheireb Properties.

“This year’s forum, also served to remind the international business community that it is only through proactive engagement and meticulous planning that tangible benchmarks and outcomes emerge that precipitate effective implementation of discursive risk management practices. I am delighted that it is the 5th Annual Risk Management Forum that stands as the testament to this business culture evolution,” he added.

Msheireb Properties’ mission is to support the wider aims of Qatar’s Economic Vision for 2030 by changing the way people think about urban living and improving their overall quality of life through innovations that encourage social interaction, respect for culture, and greater care for the environment. Their projects improve the lives of both individuals and communities – encouraging more sustainable and environmentally responsible behaviour, and a greater understanding of local, regional, and international heritage and history through immersive experiences. The 5th Annual Risk Management Forum is representative of their continued commitment to enhancing the social and economical dynamism, cultural heritage and quality of life in Qatar.

Key Industry Organisations Sponsor Qatar Green Building Conference

Leading sustainability organisations and environmental advocates have stepped up their efforts to advance Qatar’s sustainability movement by supporting the Qatar Green Building Conference 2016 – The Action.

The second annual Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) conference will bring together leading environmentalists, academics, and sustainability experts to discuss Qatar’s sustainability agenda and its long-term sustainability objectives in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV2030).

The conference, which takes place from 13th – 15th November at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), will tackle some of the key environmental and social sustainability challenges in Qatar and beyond, focusing on three overarching themes: ‘Future Sustainable Cities’, ‘Green Business is Good Business’ and ‘Sustainability as a Lifestyle’.

Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has this year signed up as the conference’s platinum sponsor. The real estate company’s projects are redefining urban living by encouraging social interaction, preservation of Qatar’s heritage and culture, and consideration for the environment.
Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, QGBC Director, said: “The Qatar Green Building Conference provides a unique platform for industry stakeholders to showcase their sustainability goals to a broader audience. The conference is designed to provide participants with a platform to debate topical sustainability issues while receiving invaluable insights from leading practitioners and members of academia.”

“It’s a privilege to welcome Msheireb Properties on board as our platinum sponsor. We have a shared mission to help Qatar realise its national sustainable development goals through strategic partnerships and comprehensive research endeavours. We welcome endorsements from other stakeholders to support the conference,” Eng Al Shamari added.

Mr. Abdulla Al-Mehshadi, Chief Executive Officer of Msheireb Properties, said: “We are both proud and emboldened to be sponsoring the Qatar Green Building Conference 2016. This platform symbolises a principal opportunity to align two Qatari organisations that are on the vanguard of technological advances in the establishment and revitalisation of urban centres and the modernisation of Qatar and to transform the way that people think about. Sustainability is at the core of Msheireb Downtown Doha, while leading cities in the conservation of energy and the materials utilized in design and execution. With Msheireb Downtown Doha, we were emboldened to establish a new architectural language guided by seven steps, which meld traditional Qatari architecture with modern sustainable aesthetics and techniques. These innovations are derived from our guiding principal and our pledge to leverage Qatar’s vibrant cultural heritage and renaissance to achieve historical heights in transformative architectural master planning.”

“Moreover, Msheireb Downtown Doha is leading in sustainability. The buildings have LEED gold and platinum certifications, making it the first project with largest number of buildings having LEED certifications in the world. Qatar Green Building Conference 2016 is distinctively illustrative of our resolve to continue to be leaders in sustainability and to share our expansive knowledge and expertise with decision makers, thought leaders and esteemed colleagues from the construction and architectural industries. We hold steadfast that it is not only our mandate to devise and create pioneering cities and to revitalize communities, but it is also our mandate to be visionaries to educate and also to inspire,” Mr. Al-Mehshadi concluded.

Qatar Green Building Conference has received endorsements from a number of prestigious organisations. These organisations include the British Standards Institutions; The Chartered Institute of Building; Engineers Australia; The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Middle East Facility Management Association; The Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar; Architects Hub Qatar; Al Fazaa Volunteer; Climate Control Middle East Magazine; Qatar Construction Sites and GLAM Interior and Design magazine.
This year’s conference will coincide with the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), which will address the global sustainability agenda.

QGBC is a member of QF and supports its mission to foster a progressive society as well as promote sustainable development. For more information about the conference, please visit: