New commercial districts planned for key downtown areas of Doha
[Photo courtesy: Isabell Schulz via Flickr]
In addition to the on-going Msheireb Downtown Development Project, other key downtown areas in the city will soon be turned into commercial hubs.
While the Gold Souq area will be completely commercialised, other areas such as Old Ghanem and Al Nijada will be a mixed-use locality with commercial, residential and administrative facilities, The Peninsula has reported.
As part of the urban development plan, The Ministry of Urban Planning has approved the construction of multi-storey buildings that will replace the existing structures in the area. The project also includes construction of commercial streets 40 sites in different parts of the country such as Raudat Al Hamam, Doha Jadeed, Thumama, Sailiya, Bani Hajir, etc. Each street will be designed to cater to a particular trade, and will house corresponding shops, showrooms and offices on either side. (Read full report here.)
However, the increasing number of urbanisation projects carried out in the country has come as a major blow for those with shops in and around the area. Many of the retail units are being relocated to Barwa Village, but it hasn’t managed to attract customers, leading to losses and closure of several small-time businesses. View our short film on the fate of establishments around Msheireb here.