The regeneration of the historical commercial centre of Doha will feature the Gulf’s largest open-air square, Al Baraha, according to Msheireb Properties, developer of the Msheireb Downtown Doha project.
Al Baraha will be one of the main attractions of the development where visitors will be able to enjoy al fresco fine and casual dining at over 15 outlets.
Being built as part of Phase 1B of Downtown Doha, Al Baraha is set to be the biggest manmade square in the Gulf, equal in size to the famous Piazza San Marco in Venice.
“As one of the key social hubs within the Msheireb Downtown Doha development, Al Baraha will reintroduce an authentically Arab social dynamic into our capital and serve as a meeting point for young and old, and a gateway into Doha for the many first-time visitors to Qatar,” said Chief Executive Officer at Msheireb Properties, Abdulla Hassan Al Mehshadi.
Al Baraha will comprise state-of-the-art cooling systems and climate management technologies to create a comfortable temperature for visitors, pedestrians and diners even in the hot summer months.
Inspired by aspects of traditional Qatari architecture, the streets and buildings are oriented to ensure natural ventilation by capturing cool breezes from the Gulf, shading most pedestrian routes from the heat.
Al Baraha is destined to be the symbolic heart of this regenerated district and will host a number of vibrant activities throughout the year.
The square will also be bordered by the 19,000sqm-Cultural Forum, which provides a venue for the creative community, with features including two art house cinemas and a performing arts theatre. Space will also be available for public art exhibitions and lessons in music and the fine arts.
Designed by international architecture firm Mossessian & Partners, Al Baraha will feature a unique urban majlis, blending interior design features such as chandeliers and banquettes in an outdoor setting.
The design was recognised at the MIPIM Architectural Awards in Cannes, France, earlier last year.