Posted on June 02, 2015

Participants in Qatar Leadership Centre’s Rising Leaders Program 2015-2016 met Sunday with Msheireb Properties’ Chief Executive Officer, Abdulla Hassan Al-Mehshadi, who heads the QR20 billion flagship project, a cornerstone of Qatar’s innovative approach to urban development.

The visit to Mshereib provided participants with an opportunity to learn about Qatar’s real estate sector, where government investment in infrastructure development alone will amount to more than QR650 billion in the next few years. Al-Mehshadi explained to the participants how the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030 influenced the development of Msheireb Properties’ innovative approach, blending traditional Qatari architecture with modern design and technology to achieve Msheireb Downtown Doha’s distinctive features.

“We wanted to challenge the standard concept of urban planning by fundamentally changing the way people live and work in urban environments,” noted Al-Mehshadi. Msheireb Downtown Doha’s features include integrated transportation, sustainable solutions and an improved standard of living, all of which enhance a strong sense of community, an important element of Qatari society. Rising Leader Mohammed Abdulla Al-Bader, a manager at Ooredoo, said, “The visit to Msheireb Properties gave us the opportunity to understand the importance of the role of a leader in applying effective management to transform an organization's vision into reality.”

Msheireb Properties CEO explains 2 [].jpg“Our approach to the creation of a new downtown community has been achieved by merging smart design and the latest technology to build the world’s first sustainable downtown regeneration project,” observed Al-Mehshadi, while explaining how buildings and streets were planned so as to provide shade and take advantage of cooling winds in a warm climate. Msheireb Properties also integrated the latest management systems and technologies to achieve high rates of energy efficiency, water conservation and effective waste management. Once the project is completed, Msheireb Downtown Doha will have the highest concentrations of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified sustainable buildings in the world.

During the briefing, the Rising Leaders learned how Qatar’s traditional architecture and cultural heritage have influenced the shaping of Msheireb downtown Doha. Sara Jabor Al-Kubaisi, who heads the planning unit at Qatar Olympic Committee, commented, “I was impressed with Msheireb Downtown Doha’s sustainability component. Our generation is experiencing rapid modernization and innovation across all fields, with changes especially visible in architecture. Through this visit I learned how Msheireb Properties is realizing a vision of building a modern community that also preserves Qatar’s architectural heritage for future generations.”

The Rising Leaders are among the participants in QLC’s National Leadership Program, conducted in partnership with leading international universities; it is designed to develop the leadership capabilities of Qatari professionals ages 25 to 35. This year’s 34 participants come from a range of sectors and organizations across Qatar, such as communications, energy, finance, health, real estate and transportation.