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Posted On: 10 November 2009 09:54 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Expert says Doha roads need to be pedestrian-friendly

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Doha needs to become more pedestrian-friendly and encourage Qatari families to relocate back into the city centre to ensure the city continues its recent revival. As the West Bay is not very pedestrian-friendly, it has become a car dominated area, feels Tim Makowever, partner at Doha-based architects Allies and Morrison. Makowever, shared his views on Doha while speaking at the prestigious Human Habitation conference in London. ‘We are witnessing Doha beginning the rebirth of its city centre. But to do this it needs to bring Qatari families back into the city centre and become more pedestrian-friendly,’ said Makower. ‘The West Bay district of Doha is not very pedestrian-friendly and so it has become a car dominated area. We need to encourage people to spend less time in their cars and more time outside enjoying the city, especially when the weather is cool’, he added. Speaking at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London to a distinguished audience of architects, urban designers and developers at the international conference, he focussed on the architecture, settlement and urban identity of the Gulf region. Makower explained to the audience that the Heart of Doha, the master plan being developed by DOHALAND, was an example of how Doha could use design and architecture to make places pedestrian-friendly and attractive to Qatari families.