Qatar’s Ashghal begins construction works of Al Qubib Masjid Plaza

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Qatar’s Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places has announced that it has started the construction works of the Al Qubib Masjid Plaza project, which is part of the third package of development and beautification projects in Central Doha.

Eng. Laila Jassim Salem, Project Design Manager at the Supervisory Committee, stated that the plaza’s design is inspired by parts of Qatari heritage due to the plaza’s proximity to Al Qubib Masjid at Souq Waqif and old markets in the neighborhood, such as Deira Souk, Al Jabr Souk, and others. The design includes open-air majlis of Qatar, a place where people gather to discuss everyday problems.

She further added that the shape of the floors and corridors in the square are designed in various shapes and colors, for example, the floors of the main corridors were designed for the visitors to the square leading to it and the masjid to look like ornate carpets, which are inspired by the decorations and inscriptions on traditional carpets and outfits.

Ashghal is responsible for governing the design, construction, delivery and maintenance of all major projects including storm and rain water, waste water and sewerage drainage and treatment across Qatar. The plaza is planned to be completed and opened for public in the first quarter of 2022, according to the reports.

Eng. Sarah bint Mohammed Al Thani, Project Design Engineer, noted that the plaza intends to resurrect the concept of the Masjid’s historic courtyard, where people would gather after prayer to discuss their everyday lives, encouraging contact among residents while having fun in a healthy environment.

Water bodies are designed with a distinctive central fountain, surrounded by tiered levels that meet the nature of the sloping soil, to boost the plaza’s aesthetic feature. It will also provide modest cosmetic lighting that is in keeping with the spirit and design of the plaza and its proximity to the Masjid, as well as growing a range of local plants and trees to provide shade and give the plaza a distinct aesthetic aspect.

Eng. Sarah Al Jassem, project engineer in the Doha Central development and beautification projects commented, “Construction works of Al Qubib Masjid Plaza is to be implemented on a total area of about 9,200 square meters, and it includes open green areas extending over an area of up to 1,518 square meters, including seating area. The project works also include the construction of walkways within the park, in addition to fancy lights. Further, it includes implementation of infrastructure works including construction of drainage networks, irrigation system, electricity, and others.”

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