Msheireb Museums hosts lecture on ‘Islam and the Environment as part of ‘Earth Talk’ series


Organised in partnership with the Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar (AYCMQ)


Doha, Qatar, April 17, 2023: Msheireb Museums, the leading cultural and tourist destination at Msheireb Downtown Doha, in partnership with Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar (AYCMQ), hosted the second lecture in the Earth Talk Series on the topic, ‘Islam and the Environment’.

The ‘Earth Talk’ series is held every two months and features influential local and global experts who discuss a wide range of topics related to sustainability.

Held at Bin Jelmoud House, the lecture covered an introduction to Islamic Environmental Ethics, its practical applications, and its role in addressing the climate crisis.

Three keynote speeches were delivered by H.E. Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Al-Sada, Assistant Undersecretary, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, (MoECC), HE Mr Timmy T. Davis, U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar, and Mr. Abdulla Al-Naama, Manager Msheireb Museums. The main presentation and talk were by Mark Bryant (Abdallah Bryant), Senior Consultant, Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Science and EcoIslam, United Kingdom.

H.E. Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Al-Sada said that environmental protection is an important aspect of Islam and other regions, highlighting the responsibility of Muslims to care for the environment proactively. “Protection of the environment is an integral part of Islamic beliefs, and mankind has the responsibility to safeguard nature. We must take all necessary measures to ensure the preservation and protection of the environment and should pass this value to our coming generations in the best way possible.”

Mr. Abdulla Al-Naama, Manager Msheireb Museums highlighted the role of Msheireb Museums in raising awareness of such topics and promoting sustainability among community members. “The Earth Talks series is informative and insightful, with the second lecture focusing on introducing Islamic Environmental Ethics and its practical applications in addressing the climate crisis. It is important to further the conversation around the intersection of religion and the environment, and we should all take positive action to create a sustainable future for all”, he added.

Mark Bryant (Abdallah Bryant) delivered a detailed presentation showing how Islam urges people to conserve resources and protect the environment. He said: “These aspects are highlighted in the principles of Islam and the Quran. Islam has a very strong environmental ethic, and Islam is environmental. Muslims often need to relearn this because it is part of their faith, and we need to emphasize this part in our life to save ourselves and the rest of the planet and be good Muslims.”

Bryant highlighted the importance of such lectures to learn from the past for securing a better future. “I am excited to be here at Msheireb Museums in Qatar to exchange thoughts and insights, and I am confident that such talks will help spread our positive messages to the wider community.”

Previously held at Qatar National Library, Qatar Foundation, and other venues in Doha, the Earth Talk lectures have drawn a wide range of community members, high-level officials, and educators interested in sustainability.

The series fulfils Msheireb Downtown Doha and Msheireb Museums’ commitment to be leaders in sustainability and innovation and to advance the local conversation on the issues of climate change, ecological challenges and solutions, and corporate social responsibility.

Leading intellectuals and policymakers spark discussions on how to make a transformative change in the community for a better sustainable future. The series also invites representatives of NGOs and development agencies to provide on-the-ground perspectives.

Msheireb Museums, the cultural and tourist destination in Msheireb Downtown Doha, organizes and hosts several educational and awareness programs in collaboration with prominent local and international organizations. The museums play an integral role in supporting various social, cultural, educational, and art initiatives which give back to the community.

Msheireb Downtown Doha welcomes children and families to experience unique Garangao celebrations

  • Ramadan activations at Al Baraha and Sikkat Alwadi continue to attract visitors of all ages


Doha, Qatar, April 3, 2023 – Msheireb Downtown Doha is gearing up to celebrate the Garangao on the evenings of 5 and 6 April, featuring several local events and activations.

Msheireb Downtown Doha celebrates the Garangao to contribute to reviving the local traditions and habits. The Garangoa celebrations kicks off at 7:30 PM until 8:30 PM with a unique experience for children on board of Msheireb tram who will take a tour in the city’s neighbourhoods and streets and receive sweets and treats.

From 8:30 to 10:30 PM, children of all ages will have the chance to show their appreciation to their local culture and costumes with the Garangao Kids Fashion festival that will take place at Sahat Al-Nakheel in Sikkat Alwadi street. They will have a 360-photography opportunity so their photos will be displayed on the MDD screens and M7 façade. Registration for the Kids Fashion Festival is required.

Dr Hafez Ali Ali, Director of Marketing and Communications, at Msheireb Properties said: “We are excited to celebrate Garangao with our community and contribute to reviving our local heritage. We look forward to welcoming the families and children at Msheireb Downtown Doha to celebrate together one of the important traditions in our culture and appreciate our children’s efforts. Our activations in Msheireb Downtown Doha are exceptional, especially on board the tram which will add a special touch to the festivities.”

“Msheireb Downtown Doha continues to welcome all visitors to enjoy a wider variety of cultural and social activations in Al-Barahat and Sikkat Alwadi, offering them an engaging, active and safe environment to live the spirit of Ramadan”, he added.

Ramadan activities in Msheireb Downtown Doha continue with its charming events taking place at Sikkat Alwadi street and Al-Barahat, with the support of sponsors and partners including Qatar Tourism as the “Official Partner” and Ooredoo as the “Exclusive Telecommunication Partner’.

The Barahat Festival is a truly unique experience that combines entertainment and education offering families a chance to indulge in a delicious Iftar and Suhour buffet provided by the outstanding Mandarin Oriental, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the traditions and culture of the holy Month. Several art, culture and entertainment activations are set to welcome visitors of different ages from 9 to 2 every night.

Al Sikka Ramadan Festival in Sikkat Wadi Msheireb continues to attract visitors to its vibrant celebration of culture, community, and creativity. Visitors can experience a diverse array of creative themed installations, sample delicious food and drinks from the several food and beverage kiosks, and shop for unique and stylish products at the retail kiosks. With a variety of offerings that cater to all ages and interests, the festival is a lively and engaging destination for families, friends, and individuals alike.

Msheireb Downtown Doha lit up in blue to show support for World Autism Awareness Day


Marking the World Autism Awareness Day, Msheireb Properties shared Qatar and the world their global message in supporting the rights of people with Autism and raising awareness among community members about this cause. The streets and buildings at Msheireb Downtown Doha were lit in blue, an expression of support to this occasion. Such activations are a major part of Msheireb properties CSR program. The photos attached were taken on this occasion at Msheireb Downtown Doha tonight, Sunday April 2, 2023.

Msheireb Downtown Doha joins hands with leading Qatari national companies to offer exceptional Ramadan experiences


  • The support of leading national entities highlights their commitment to promoting the values of Ramadan and providing the community with enriching activities

Doha, Qatar28 March 2023: Msheireb Downtown Doha, the sustainable and smart city district, is joining hands with leading Qatari national organizations to celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan by offering exceptional and memorable experiences for the people of the country.

The support of the leading Qatari companies underlines their commitment to providing the community with unique lifestyle experiences that reflect the values of the Holy Month. A wide range of activities will be held including cultural events, charity drives, and community gatherings that will delight families and visitors of all ages and provide them with the perfect venue to celebrate the noble values of the season.

Eng. Ali Mohamed Al-Kuwari, CEO, of Msheireb Properties, said: “We are honoured to join hands with leading companies in Qatar and thank them for their support in delivering engaging experiences for the people during the Holy Month. Their sponsorship reflects their commitment to the community and their belief in the values of compassion, generosity, and unity that are at the heart of the month of Ramadan.”

He added: “As our nation has proved time and again when leading entities come together, we create memorable experiences that uphold the pride of our nation and promote the happiness of our community. We look forward to working together with Qatar’s national entities and to mark the Holy Month with memorable moments that the community will cherish.”

Intending to activate tourism and business, Qatar Tourism has come on board as the “Official Partner” of MDD’s Ramadan campaign. The national organization is unwavering in promoting Qatar’s tourism ecosystem, and through its sponsorship of the events and activities in Msheireb Downtown Doha, the entity is underlining its focus on enhancing the tourism sector.

Berthold Trenkel, Chief Operating Officer at Qatar Tourism said: “At Qatar Tourism, we believe in the power of cultural events to create connections, promote understanding, and enrich the lives of people everywhere. As part of our ‘Feel Ramadan in Qatar’ campaign, we are honoured to partner with Msheireb Properties in their efforts to offer an exceptional Ramadan experience this year that reflects the values of this Holy month. As the Official Partner for this event, we are excited to collaborate with esteemed organisations to create unforgettable moments that celebrate the spirit of Ramadan in Qatar.”


Ooredoo, the leading telecommunications provider, is the “Exclusive Telecom Partner” of the celebrations and will sponsor a range of activities being held in Al Barahat throughout Ramadan. Through its CSR initiatives, Ooredoo is one of the leading companies that support initiatives, which give back to the community.

Sheikh Ali Bin Jabor Al Thani, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar: “As a leading Qatari company, Ooredoo is delighted to be the Exclusive Telecom Partner of Msheireb Downtown Doha’s events for the Holy Month of Ramadan. We are committed to supporting initiatives that bring people together, delight families and visitors of all ages and promote community values. Our partnership with Msheireb and other leading Qatari entities reflects our shared commitment to delivering exceptional experiences for the people of Qatar during this special time of the year. We look forward to sharing our expertise and innovation to help make this year’s celebrations truly memorable and engaging for all.”

Ramadan activities will take place in Barahat Msheireb and Sikkat Alwadi street, where several F&B kiosks will offer visitors delectable dining experiences through a wide variety of options.

Located in a prime location in the heart of Doha, Msheireb Downtown Doha offers a safe environment for people to shop, dine and celebrate the various activities, creating a unique experience for all.

Msheireb Properties celebrates Earth Hour and turns lights off in Al-Kahraba Street

Sunday, March 26th, 2023: Msheireb Downtown Doha, the sustainable and smart city developed by Msheireb Properties, shared with the world its celebration in Earth Hour to contribute to environmental awareness, conservation of our natural resources, and to reduce energy consumption.

As part of the celebration, the lights in Al Kahraba street at Msheireb Downtown Doha, which was the first-ever street to receive electricity in Qatar, were turned off on Saturday, March 25th, 2023, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Earth Hour is celebrated on the last Saturday of March every year, and countries across the world participate in this event. The goal of this event is to raise awareness of the harmful gases emitted by electricity consumption and to encourage individuals, communities, homeowners, and companies to turn off unnecessary lights and electronic devices for one hour.

Through this initiative, Msheireb Properties seeks to inspire individuals and organizations to show their commitment to environmental behavior and take a stand for the planet. It also indicates that individual and organizational solidarity is vital to combat the consequences of climate change.

Msheireb Properties highlights investment opportunities in Msheireb Downtown Doha at MIPIM 2023


Doha – Qatar, 14 March 2023, Msheireb Properties showcased investment opportunities at its flagship project, Msheireb Downtown Doha, at MIPIM 2023, the world’s leading real estate exhibition and conference which was launched today in Cannes, France.

At the Qatari Pavilion organised by the Investment Promotion Agency Qatar (IPA Qatar) (Invest Qatar), Msheireb Properties highlighted the smart and sustainability features of Msheireb Downtown Doha and the various amenities within the development.

The company’s delegation also took part in several meetings with potential investors and discussed future investment opportunities in residential buildings and retail spaces ideal for medium and large enterprises that can benefit from a distinguished environment.

Msheireb Downtown Doha has been recognized for its exceptional digital connectivity infrastructure, including its high-speed fiber-optic network, state-of-the-art data centers, and advanced building automation systems.

Through its participation at MIPIM 2023, Msheireb Properties aims to further support Qatar’s global efforts in promoting investment projects across international forums as well as underline the country’s position as a leading investment destination in different sectors.

Msheireb Downtown Doha is the world’s first fully built smart and sustainable city district that features modern fully furnished residential units, and a range of mixed-use and commercial buildings that offer a wide array of retail and business services, as well as cultural buildings.

It is also the home to Msheireb Museums, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Al Wadi Hotel -MGallery by AccorHotels, Park Hyatt Hotel, Msheireb Galleria, and Barahat Msheireb- the biggest open-air covered pedestrian square in the region. The city is pedestrian and cyclist-friendly and provides the highest standards of service and safety for all.

The MIPIM real estate exhibition is held from March 14 to 17 in Cannes, France. Over 2,400 exhibitors took part in the event attended by more than 20,000 people, and over 2,000 investment and financial companies from more than 80 countries. Established in 1990, MIPIM is the annual meeting point for property developers, investors, developers, city planners and other industry leaders from the international real estate sector.

To encourage the creative abilities of people supported by the General Authority for Minors’ Affairs, Msheireb conducts the “Medhal Art Exhibition.”

Monday, March 6, 2023: The General Authority for Minors’ Affairs participated in the establishment of an art exhibition aimed at introducing the distinguished talents of employees and minors in the field of drawing and painting in collaboration with Msheireb Museums.

Due to the connection between the Sheikh Mohammed bin Jassim House Museum and Qatar’s glorious past, the exhibition “Medhal: The Roots of Authenticity Extends… To Leave Generations as Art” is being held in Msheireb Real Estate.

Dr. Hafez Ali Ali, Head of Marketing and Communication, stated in this regard that the sponsorship of this event and our participation in the General Authority for Minors’ Affairs is one of our priorities before the state, and we are always eager to adopt new talents from the Qatari people.

The doctor also stated that we were surprised by the talents and drawings displayed to the authority’s sons, and we are eager to invest in their abilities and talents more fully. We are proud of our sons, who are contributing to the revitalization of Qatar’s artistic and creative movement.

It is worth noting that the authority takes care of orphans and minors who are covered, and supervises them socially, educationally, and healthily, as if it were an extension of that ancient house, so that this cooperation and partnership serves as a bridge between the past and the present to support minors.

The Global Wellness Summit, Heading to Fast-Transforming Qatar in 2023, Announces Host Sponsor and Co-Chairs


The nation, with its powerful vision to become a global leader in sustainability, tourism, health and wellness, sports and culture, will host the future-focused conference this November; Msheireb Properties, Qatar’s leading sustainable property developer, is host sponsor; co-chairs are Eng Ali Al Kuwari, CEO of Msheireb Properties and Cathy Chon, founder of CatchOn – A Finn Partners Company


Miami, FL – March 1, 2023 – The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the leading conference for the $4.4 trillion business of wellness, today announced the host sponsor and co-chairs for its 17th annual event that will take place in Doha, Qatar from November 6-9. Qatar, one of the smallest but mightiest Middle Eastern countries, where cultural authenticity meets hyper-modernity—and the sea meets the desert—is a powerful location for the conference. With its Qatar National Vision 2030, the country is at a pivotal time in its history, with an extraordinary mission and investment plan to become a global leader in sustainability, health and wellness, tourism, sports and culture. With its recent, successful hosting of the FIFA World Cup, $220 billion was spent radically reimagining its infrastructure, with 150 new hotels and resorts, and new smart, sustainable cities, museums, public beaches and green space, subway systems and sports complexes.


Today, executives from the GWS and Msheireb Properties held a press event in Doha, introducing Qatari media to what hosting the world’s most prestigious conference on the business of wellness will mean for the country.


Host Sponsor, Msheireb Properties—Qatar’s Sustainability and Wellness Powerhouse:


The 2023 host sponsor, Msheireb Properties, is a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Sciences and Community Development and Qatar’s leading sustainable property developer, supporting the goals of Qatar’s 2030 Vision and Qatar Foundation’s objectives. Its mission is to change the way people think about urban living and to improve their overall quality of life, through innovations that encourage social interaction, respect for culture, and greater care for the environment. Its signature project, Msheireb Downtown Doha, is one of the smartest, most sustainable city districts, which employs a new approach to urban planning by combining traditional methods and modern technology aimed at preserving the environment as well as the cultural identity of Qatar. All buildings are either Gold or Platinum LEED-certified.


The company also developed Zulal Wellness Resort, the Middle East’s first full-immersion wellbeing resort, which offers unique services and treatments based upon Islamic healing principles and using indigenous ingredients. Just an hour from Doha on a private coastal location, GWS delegates will be able to experience Zulal pre- or post-conference.


“We are honored to host the 2023 Global Wellness Summit in Qatar at our smart and sustainable city Msheireb Downtown Doha,” said Eng. Ali Al Kuwari, Msheireb Properties’ CEO. “This 17th Summit is of great significance as it aims to positively impact the wellness of our people and communities and highlight Qatar’s leading position in the future of global health and wellness.”


The Co-Chairs:


Each year, the Summit brings together high-profile global executives from health and wellness companies, doctors, investors, academics and technologists to immerse the hundreds of invite-only delegates (from 40+ nations) in three days of keynotes and panels on what’s ahead for the business of wellness. The co-chairs that will shape this year’s agenda are:


Eng Ali Al Kuwari is the CEO of Msheireb Properties, where he will lead the development and implementation of the strategic and operational plans of Msheireb Properties and Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD), to enhance its position as a leading tourist and business destination for work and living. With 18 years of experience, Al Kuwari is one of the prominent Qatari talents and the leading engineers of Msheireb Downtown Doha since its inception. He also led the execution and operations of major facilities at MDD including Mandarin Oriental, Al-Wadi Hotel M Gallery and Park Hyatt, in addition to Zulal Wellness Resort. During the recent World Cup FIFA Qatar 2022, he supervised the relevant event operations in MDD. He holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from the University of Miami and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris in Qatar.


Cathy Chon is founder and managing director of CatchOn – A Finn Partners Company, one of Asia’s leading brand communication consultancies in hospitality, travel, wellness, food and design, with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai. She is also a GWS Advisory Board member. A marketing communications expert, Chon has a long track record in transforming, building and creating brands, and is renowned for her keen insights on the Asian consumer and emerging trends. Chon was included in Tatler Asia’s “Most Influential List 2021.” She is widely published and quoted in major publications, and is a sought-after speaker at international conferences.


“It’s an honor to co-chair this year’s Summit in Qatar at such a transformative time in the country’s history. In a relatively short time, Qatar has become a formidable tourism destination and an exciting cultural hub underpinned by a deep commitment to sustainable development,” said Chon.The annual Global Wellness Summit brings these varied industries and sectors together to address the critical issues of our time.”


More about Qatar and Its Sustainability, Wellness and Tourism Vision:


Qatar has a unique landscape, with its 350-mile-long coastline of beaches and vast Khor Al Udeid Desert—and coastal Doha is known for its spectacular ultramodern architecture inspired by ancient Islamic design. It has the highest GDP per capita—and is the safest country—in the world. With its long-term focus on sustainable development and tourism, it has undergone a profound recent reimagining, with a flurry of major infrastructure, hospitality and cultural projects—–whether the impressive Education City, home to satellite campuses of famous international universities; or M7, a center for innovation in design, fashion and tech; or new museums, such as the high-tech Olympic and Sports Museum.


Wellness and medicine are at the heart of the country’s development vision—from the new, state-of-the-art The View Hospital, a satellite of the famous Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, to so many new world-class spa resorts (such as the new Mandarin Oriental, the brand’s first property in the Middle East), to Zulal Wellness Resort, a natural healing wellness destination. Attracting more major sporting events is also key to the country’s tourism plan and global brand, with PwC recently reporting that Qatar is “well-positioned” in the sporting event management space. Following the World Cup, more mega events are ahead (from the 2023 AFC Asian Cup to the 2030 Asian Games) and the country is also expected to bid on the 2036 Olympics. New intersections between wellness and sports will be a topic at the 2023 GWS. Already one of the fastest-growing hospitality markets, Qatar’s aim is to become one of the world’s leading tourism destinations, attracting six million visitors by 2030. As global travel analyst Skift recently summarized: “Qatar is, more so than many other tourism stories today, a fascinating mix of vision, ambition and taste.”


Registration for the 2023 Summit is now open. Apply here.


About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit is an organization that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $4.4 trillion global wellness economy. In addition to an annual conference, held at a different location around the globe, GWS also hosts regular virtual gatherings, including Wellness Master Classes and collaborative Wellness Sector Spotlights. Each year, it holds an in-person Wellness Real Estate & Communities Symposium. The organization’s annual Global Wellness Trends Report offers expert-based predictions on the future of wellness that are oft-quoted in the media. The 17th annual GWS will be held in Qatar from November 6-9, 2023.


Msheireb Museums hosts inspiring TEDx talks “Thinking Outside the Box”

Doha, Qatar, 25 February 2023: Msheireb Museums, the renowned cultural and tourist destination located at Msheireb Downtown Doha, proudly hosted the 2023 TEDx talks on the theme of “Thinking outside the Box.”

In partnership with TEDx Newton International Academy, the event featured a range of inspiring talks, sessions, poetry, and musical performances. The audience, from all walks of life, thoroughly enjoyed this globally recognized motivational platform designed to push boundaries.

The event’s guest speakers included Mr. Hatem Salah, co-founder and CCO of Showdown Qatar, and Dr. Nasser Al-Mohannadi, Qatar Ironman, while the main speakers comprised Mr. Arkana Budiarko, who spoke about “How Dopamine changed my life,” Mr. Hamdan Kham, who discussed “The Long Stairway to Success,” Miss Hajer Haytham, who presented on “Blaming our Circumstances,” and Miss Jannatul Mawa, who spoke about “The End of the world and what we can do to stop it.” Additionally, the event included a special poetry reading by Nour Ahmed and a School choir performance.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience, and in the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx events combine TED Talks videos and live speakers to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded as TEDx, where x represents an independently organized TED event.

Msheireb Museums is more than just a center for tourism and history; it is also an educational and cultural hub that plays an integral role in creating awareness and educating the community. The Museums at Msheireb Downtown Doha have established a range of national and international partnerships, adding tremendous value to Qatar’s cultural and social landscape, and enhancing its position as a leading center for community engagement.


Msheireb Downtown Doha celebrates National Sports Day with exciting sports, fitness, and fun activations


Doha, Qatar, 13 February 2023: Msheireb Downtown Doha will celebrate National Sports Day with a wide range of sports, fitness, and fun activities that suit all ages

These events support Qatar’s efforts to spread sports culture and encourage individuals to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.

The activations will take place through the vibrant streets of the city during the whole day. It will start with a heart-pumping walk or run between 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, followed by a day of outdoor sports activities at Sikkat Wadi Msheireb.

The activations in Sikkat Al Wadi consist of several activities distributed along the street in eight different stations including football, basketball, table tennis, badminton, and gym classes, in addition to videogames and babyfoot challenges.


Children will have dedicated spaces to get engaged with face painting and balloon twisting arts.


For those looking to elevate their well-being, outdoor fitness classes by Zulal Wellness Resort will meet their needs with Tai Chi sessions at 10:00 AM, Pilates at 1:00 PM and a relaxing session of Yoga at 3:00 PM. They can also challenge themselves with outdoor and indoor sports classes by CYQLONE with exclusive women’s only classes between 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and everyone else after that.

All participants will have the chance to win a night’s stay at Zulal Wellness Resort, the Middle East’s premier health and wellness resort!

Msheireb Downtown Doha is a major destination in Qatar and the region for residents and visitors to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. The sustainable city offers safe movement to pedestrians and bicycle riders on dedicated tracks.