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Here Comes Dohaland

October 26 2009

Dohaland’s public release of its plans and renderings was met this year with some applause. Departing from the usual icon-driven formula and perhaps learning a lesson from the successes of the nearby Souq Waqif’s reconstruction, Dohaland is trying to design urbanism, city life.

With Dohaland, however, comes the departure of one of Doha’s most active parts of town anchored on Mushaireb Road. Many participants on skyscrapercity.com cheer its clearance — mainly because it is “too dense.” It is dense but it is also alive. Demolition has already started. Small store owners are moving out. Some owners talk of new locations; others have nowhere to go — one pointed to the heavens when asked where he’d go. Some residents didn’t even seem to have a clue their residences were on the list for the wrecking ball. But change is coming, and Doha has found a confident stride this year — with construction costs down and the world ready to see what it can do.

Below are pictures of the neighborhoods making room for Dohaland.

Interior of 4-story walk-up residential building


A single man’s apartment.


Rooftop in Mushaireb.


Housing among ruins of Qatari columns.


A Nepali man making Pakistani sweets.


Sidewalk typing services.


The barber.


Kashmir Butcher.


Laundry in a residential courtyard.


Demolition even continues through the weekend.


Demolition makes way for temporary construction: Turner’s site office.

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“Here Comes Dohaland”
Shrute (D)

Actually, each person who either lived in that area or a store owner was fully reimbursed and given a 6month to 1 year notice. this is NOT carried out by Doha Land, but the Ministry of Municipality. As for Doha Land, they have an agreement with the developer of Lusail retail development to give priority to the store owners of the Musheireb area. The future of the area is translated into what the true culture and heritage of Qatar is. The location makes sense since it is the center and essence of pearl and other such trading before the discovery of petrol .
Reclaiming the essence of architecture in the center of the country should be praised, since in many areas and countries adaptation of the Western architecture is usually used.
The current area is busy with one way streets, that are hardly leveled, and nationals are hardly found in that area because it is so often filled with traffic.
You should have more sufficient grounds and sufficient evidence before attacking the project


Al Manakh

Thanks for responding and for the information about compensation for residents and shopowners. Neither DohaLand nor the municipality is referred to as enactors of these policies, and by no means is this piece intended as an attack. On the contrary, what DohaLand proposes is a serious idea worth watching. Regardless of this project’s merits, this article holds observations about what was existing there in that week, including interviews with people living and working there.




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