Downtown Doha to build biggest GCC manmade square

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Downtown Doha to build biggest GCC manmade square, in Doha, Qatar, as part of a plan to revitalise the historic and commercial centre of the city.

Msheireb Properties' Al Baraha
Msheireb Properties -‘ Al Baraha

The developer of ‘Downtown Doha’ has announced its plans to construct the Gulf’s largest open-air square, named the Al Baraha. The open-air square is expected to become one of the main attractions of the project.

Visitors to the area will be able to enjoy alfresco fine and casual dining at over 15 outlets. The square has been designed by international architecture firm Mossessian & Partners. The Phase 1B project is being developed by Msheireb Properties.

Al Baraha (Conceptual Visualization) – Msheireb Downtown Doha

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It will be as large as the world famous Piazza San Marco in Venice. The square will feature state-of-the-art cooling systems and climate management technologies so that a comfortable temperature may be maintained for visitors, pedestrians and diners, especially in the hot summer months. The square will also highlight traditional Qatari architecture, streets and buildings.

According to Chief Executive Officer at Msheireb Properties, Abdulla Hassan Al Mehshadi; “As one of the key social hubs within the Msheireb Downtown Doha development, Al Baraha will reintroduce an authentically Arab social dynamic into our capital and serve as a meeting point for young and old, and a gateway into Doha for the many first-time visitors to Qatar.”

Al Baraha would be central to the regenerated district and is likely to be abuzz with vibrant activities throughout the year. It will be bordered by the 19,000 square metre Cultural Forum, featuring two art house cinemas and a performing arts theatre. The facility will provide a boost to the local artistic community and provide space for public art exhibitions and lessons in music, and the fine arts.

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