New building plans in Doha realistic: Jassim

DENISE YAMMINE

DOHA CHAIRMAN of MJR Communication Group Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa bin Sultan al Thani has said that “building and construction projects in Qatar have a purpose.

Describing such buildings as empty or having no-takers is inaccurate”.

Speaking on the sidelines of the first international Man and Architecture (MA) conference on Tuesday, Sheikh Jassim said: “Businessmen know what they are doing. They are not investing for nothing. We have faced difficulties while hosting the Asian Games in 2006.

“We couldn’t accommodate a large number of guests and visitors at that time. So, we are trying to avoid a similar problem during the World Cup – which is by far one of the biggest sporting events – by keeping the required number of buildings ready.” Sheikh Jassim further said: “We expect the value of investments in Doha in the next nine years to be around $600 billion.

The increase in the number of properties in Doha will make the real estate sector more competitive.” Earlier, global experts shared their views on architecture, technology, design, green construction, vision and communication.

Renowned German architect Prof Albert Speer of AS&P Frankfurt presented his own analysis of architecture in Doha during an interactive session with MA founder Michael Rennschmied.

On why Qatar was building “empty buildings”, Speer said that there is little information about how many people will move to Qatar in the near future.

“I think it is part of a strategic and political thinking, but I can advise our friends in this country not to look too much elsewhere and focus on Qatar’s own historical past.”

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