Qatar is quieter than expected says architect


The anticipated World Cup building boom in Qatar is slow to take off according to an architect for UK firm Allies and Morrison.

The practice is currently working on Musheireb, a 35 hectare mixed-use scheme in the heart of Doha that is expected for completion in 2016.

Simon Gathercole, director, said: “The architectural scene is still quieter than perhaps expected. Many people were expecting a switch to come on after it won the bid to host the World Cup.


“I think it is well poised for 2012. There is now more confidence the in city planning. There is lots of planning to do before the city can put the buildings in the right places.”

According to a recent Citigroup report, Qatar has cancelled $7bn worth of projects in the last 12 months, raising the value of its cancelled and delayed projects 4% to $156bn.

However, local company Arab Engineering Bureau is inundated with projects, according to principal Ibrahim Mohammed Al Jaidah.

He added: “The biggest challenge for us is being able to cope with demand – lots of work is coming in. We get more exposed to projects because we are a local firm, and we are in different sectors, like transport.”

“It’s wise for local firms to make alliances with big international firms in different disciplines. This helps to greatly improve the quality of the product, and get more work for both parties.”

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