Msheireb Properties, Qatar’s leading sustainable property developer, organized special tours for the media and visitors to highlight its sustainability features to guests on the sidelines of the 2023 Earthna Summit, recently hosted at Msheireb Downtown Doha.
Msheireb tram enabled visitors to learn first-hand about the sustainability elements of the city and its facilities, as well as the city's key landmarks. They also gained an overview of architectural design of the city.
Msheireb tram is an electric charging environment-friendly mode of clean transportation, manufactured from recycled materials. Today, it serves as a model of sustainability in clean transportation. The tram has won many prestigious awards, including the Global Light Rail Awards 2020, for adopting a zero-carbon sustainability approach.
Msheireb tram offers free services in the Msheireb neighborhood throughout the day, with an average of one trip every 12 minutes.
Msheireb Downtown Doha is a fully sustainable city and has one of the highest concentrations of gold or Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified sustainable buildings in the world.
By adopting a sustainable approach across its different projects, Msheireb Properties contributes to achieving the strategic goals of Qatar’s 2030 Vision. It also aims to change the way people think about urban living, and strengthen efforts to tackle environmental issues, to further contribute to the country’s efforts in strengthening environmental education and developing urban-friendly projects.
Some of the inspiring features in Msheireb Downtown Doha include the orientation of the streets to capture cool breezes from the Arabian Gulf and shade most pedestrian routes from the hot sun. Buildings are massed uniquely to shade one another, and light colored to reduce cooling requirements.
The city is also designed to reduce at least 30 per cent of its total energy consumption. This is achieved through enhanced building envelopes of walls and windows, recessed windows, energy recovery to the outside air entering the building, and a high-efficiency district cooling plant.
Msheireb Downtown Doha relies on solar energy produced through photovoltaic solar panels and solar hot water panels on rooftops. Over 6,400 rooftop solar panels have been installed to provide onsite energy generation and 1,400 solar panels to secure hot water.
As part of its vision to save water, the city provides water-saving of non-potable water, which accounts for 70% of the city's total consumption.