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Posted On: 5 January 2020 06:10 pm
Updated On: 21 October 2020 06:11 am

Your guide to Msheireb Tram and Msheireb Downtown Doha

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Msheireb Tram is now up and running! And it's free! With the full opening of Doha Metro and now the Msheireb Tram, Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD), the historical downtown of Doha and "the world's smartest and most sustainable fully built city district" is more accessible than ever.

Located in the heart of Doha, MDD is the flagship development project of Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation. The real estate development company has successfully revived the old commercial district, making it Qatar's new destination for living, leisure, and business.

And with these recent developments in the public transportation of Qatar, getting around is easier not just for residents but also for visitors. If you're not yet familiar with the Tram and Msheireb Downtown Doha, scroll down to know all about them!

What is the Msheireb Tram?

Running around a closed-loop circuit with a 2.12-kilometer track, Msheireb's self-powered trams has 33 seats with onboard CCTV and WiFi. There are currently three trams going around 9 stops, with a tram arriving every 6 minutes.

The tramway network is one of the core features of MDD, planned to facilitate the transportation of residents and visitors around the city in an eco-friendly way. The MDD trams are fully air-conditioned and incorporate special light-filtering glass panels which inhibit over 90% of the heat from sunlight. The trams are also convertible and can be operated as open-air cars during the cooler winter months by removing the large glass panels. This feature is unique to the MDD tramway system.
- Msheireb Properties

Tram Operational Timing:

Saturday to Thursday:

  • 9 am - 12 noon
  • 4 pm - 9 pm

Friday: 4 pm - 9 pm

Last Tram will depart 15 minutes before closing time. Timings are according to the display screens at every stop.

MDD Tram Stations

  1. Sahat Al Nakheel Station (not yet operational)
  2. Wadi Msheireb Station
  3. Galleria Station
  4. Msheireb Prayer Ground Station
  5. Heritage Quarter Station
  6. Al Baraha Station
  7. Sahat Al-Masjid Station
  8. Al Kahraba Street Station
  9. Al Mariah Street Station (not yet operational)
Msheireb Tram map shown in display screens at every tram stop. Taken: January 2020

How to get to Msheireb Tram from Msheireb Metro Station?

Take the Msheireb station exit no. 5 which is the Downtown East exit and follow the signs until you get to the street. Walk along the left side for a few meters following the signs until you reach Msheireb Downtown Doha. You will see the Msheireb Tram station no. 2 on the right side. There will be a tree-shaped tram stop where visitors can sit while waiting for the tram.

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What are the places in MDD you can go to using Msheireb Tram?

Station 2 - Wadi Msheireb Station

  • Msheireb Metro Station, one of the world's biggest metro stations and the largest metro station in Qatar, is where the three lines - Red, Gold, and Green - interchange.

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  • Park Hyatt Hotel is Hyatt Hotels Corporation's first Park Hyatt Hotel in Qatar. It is the third 5-star luxury hotel in Msheireb Downtown Doha. Located on Sikket Al Wadi street, Park Hyatt Doha has been built to US Gold LEED-certified standards, with a vision to embark on environmentally sustainable initiatives, and collaborations with local suppliers.
  • Department Store (soon to open) will feature world-renowned fashion brands from large flagship stores to boutiques.

Station 3 - Galleria Station

  • Souq Waqif Underpass, opened in 2018, is an underground tunnel connecting MDD with the Souq. There are retail shops along this walkway like Pick and Save Supermarket and Planet Organic.
  • Alwadi Hotel Doha - MGallery by AccorHotels is a 5-star boutique hotel and the first-ever MGallery hotel in Qatar. The hotel has 213 rooms and suites, with the Souq Suites and the Royal Suite offer balconies with views overlooking Souq Waqif.
  • The Galleria (soon to open) will be a four-level mall with 100 stores, luxury cinema, and Qatar’s first digitally smart Monoprix.

Station 5 - Heritage Quarter Station

  • Msheireb Museums, the four revived historic heritage houses in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha comprising of Bin Jelmood House, Mohammed Bin Jassim House, Company House, and Radwani House. These four houses offer a unique insight into Qatar's history.
    • Entrance fee: FREE
    • Opening hours:
      • Monday to Thursday; Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
      • Friday: 3 pm - 9 pm
      • Sunday: closed

Station 6 - Al Baraha Station

  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel is the first hotel to open in Msheireb Downtown Doha. The 5-star hotel offers 117 rooms, 41 spacious suites, 91 serviced apartments, and blends of stylish contemporary design with traditional Qatari heritage and culture.
  • Barahat Msheireb is the largest open-air covered pedestrian square in the region. The square is the heart of MDD and is anchored by the Cultural Forum to the east and the world-renowned Mandarin Oriental Hotel to the west.

Station 7 - Sahat Al-Masjid Station

Currently, there is a small park that visitors can enjoy.

Station 8 - Al Kharaba Station

This will be the stop to access Al Kharaba street which will feature open-air streetside shopping, specialty food and beverage, and civic amenities to complement the daily needs of the office workers.

Restaurants and Cafes in Msheireb Downtown Doha

Station 2 - Wadi Msheireb Station

Park Hyatt Doha offers the following dining choices:

  • Sora at Level 21 is the hotel's Japanese restaurant and lounge.
  • Opus offers locally inspired dishes with its menu curated by Celebrity Qatari chef Shams Al Qassabi and Michelin-starred chef Jean-François Rouquette.
  • Anis - coming soon

Details: Call 4009 1234.

Station 3 - Galleria Station

  • % Arabica is an internationally acclaimed coffee shop founded by Kenneth Shoji with its flagship store in Kyoto, Japan. The brand has more than 50 branches worldwide.

Details: Instagram

  • Alwadi Hotel Doha offers the following dining choices:
    • Sofra offers Middle Eastern cuisine with Qatari hospitality.
    • Atteatude is the hotel's tea and coffee lounge.
    • Le Colonial prides itself as Doha's first authentic breakfast room.
    • O'Glacee Restaurant and Pool Bar is the hotel's poolside dining that offers views of Msheireb and Mediterranean food.
    • Infinity Rooftop Lounge is where guests can drink specialty beverages while admiring Doha's skyline.

Details: Call 4009 9999.

  • Souq Underpass
    • The Box Donut is where you can enjoy square-shaped donuts, bagels, and beverages. Call 7009 0058.
    • Nomad Coffee is an independent specialty coffee shop where you can try exclusive and limited edition coffee beans. Details: Instagram
  • ARK Coffee Company (coming soon)

Station 5 - Heritage Quarter Station

  • Al Fai Restaurant located in Company House offers Qatari cuisine presented in modern style. Call 3068 8300.
  • Empire Coffee is another specialty coffee shop and roaster with 3 other branches in Qatar. Call 5564 3308.

Station 6 - Al Baraha Station

  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel
    • IZU - French Mediterranean cuisine.
    • Mosaic - International cuisine from nine specialty open kitchens.
    • Mandarin Lounge - tea lounge with an open-air terrace.
    • Baraha Lounge - overlooking Barahat Msheireb.
    • Gelato - homemade gelato and frozen desserts.
    • Aqua - alfresco rooftop dining with views of Doha skyline.
    • Ambar - specialty beverages
    • Liang - opening soon

Details: Call 4008 8888.

  • Saasna Restaurant offers traditional Qatari cuisine with a modern twist and located along Barahat Msheireb. Call 4038 1081.
  • Caffeinated is a specialty coffee shop located along Barahat Msheireb. Details: Instagram
  • Cacao 70 initially began as a chocolate drinking bar but evolved into an eatery offering diner favorites with chocolate as the star ingredient. Details: Call 4416 9915 or visit their Instagram.

Station 8 - Al Kharaba Station

  • Rusk is an artisanal bakery. Details: Instagram
  • Ministry of Coffee is another specialty coffee shop. They are also an official reseller of Mavam espresso.
  • Turkiana sells Turkish sweets and coffee.
  • Antarnash - coming soon

Msheireb Downtown Doha

Msheireb Properties' flagship project is a QAR 20 billion development aimed at "reviving the old commercial heart of the city through a new architectural language that is based on community living, across a 31-hectare (76-acre) site."

Important locations and attractions are nearby, such as Souq Waqif, Corniche, financial district, and Amiri Diwan. Hamad International Airport is 20 minutes away, making this project Qatar's soon-to-be new commercial district.

Key commercial and residential projects inside MDD are Barahat Msheireb, Msheireb Museums, Msheireb Prayer Grounds, Retail Galleria, Department Store, Sikkat Wadi Msheireb (the longest pedestrian street within the project) and Sahat Al Nakheel which will feature a boutique business hotel overlooking the square, as well as an exciting mix of restaurants and cafés.

All 100+ buildings in MDD will be either Gold or Platinum LEED-certified, with the district "adhering to the highest standards of green and smart urban development, creating a sustainable and efficient way of living while decreasing the impact on the environment."

In the near future, MDD will also be the home of Juniverse™, an innovative edutainment park for children that will be the first city in space.

Reference: Msheireb Properties