Making Doha Old Town Competitive 50 year vision
The intention of this spatial vision is to provide a framework for the next 50 years from which the old portion on Doha city can develop as a relevant, viable and competitive center amongst cities within Qatar and those around the greater Arabian Gulf region.
To do so it must provide guidance for a settlement that whilst has ancient origins has not existed in the planned form as it does today, for much more than 50 years. In effect a 50 year vision for the area looks forward as far as it is possible to look back.
The issues faced by old Doha in tying to remain a competitive region are in many ways unique as not only must it compete with the regional powerhouse centers such as similar city states like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait it must also do so with the new Doha being built largely from a green field site to the north as a modern master planned and largely self contained city
Old Doha Description
Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, Doha is Qatar's largest city it had a population in the region of 1million people, with over 85% of the nation's population residing in Doha or its surrounding suburbs, and is the economic centre of the country. It has gone through a period of rapid growth over the last 15 years which is forecast to continue with an anticipated population of 1.5 million people by 2022.
The result of this growth is under development in the form of an entirely new city district directly adjacent to the north. This has resulted in a lack of emphasis on the upkeep and redevelopment of the older sections of the city. Left unchecked, this will be to the detriment of both the old and the new sections of the city.
With over 80% of Qatar the population being expat workers, with the vast majority form low skill, low wage backgrounds and little low cost housing currently under development lower socio-economic groups have crowded in the older areas of Doha. This has been particularly evident in the Old Doha areas as they have become more dilapidated and higher wage groups have moved to new build areas.
Looking forward to 2065 the country of Qatar aims to be capable of sustaining its own development and providing its inhabitants with high standard of living. With Doha as its center for commerce and the home to the vast majority of Qatar’s inhabitants it is central to it future development. This Vision looks to define the long-term direction for the old center of Doha and provides a framework within which its strategies and implementation plans can be developed to ensure the relevance and competiveness of old Doha as the City and the country undergo rapid and substantial change.
Key to the this is the development of a competitive and diversified micro economy within the old Doha area capable of meeting the needs of, and securing a high standard of living for, all its people both for the present and for the future through planning for its urban development, transportation...