Doha’s inspiring model of sustainable urban planning in the region: Minister

* Qatar hosts the 57th conference of the International Organization of Urban and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) which discusses regional and global issues and challenges for planning better cities in the post-Covid era and climate change

HE the Minister of Municipality, Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Subaie, said that the Qatari capital, Doha, has been able to achieve one of the most inspiring models of urban development in the Middle East and even in the world, and also proved with all its lasting advantages of urban planning, flexibility, human-centered development and economic diversification, its full readiness for the post-oil era.

HE al-Subaie visits the exhibition

This emerged from the Minister’s speech on Monday at the opening of the 57th International Organization of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) Conference for 2021, which examines regional and global issues and challenges for planning better cities in the post-Covid era and climate change. . HE al-Subaie underlined that the main theme of the conference, “Launching Urban Planning: New Times, Better Places, Stronger Communities”, was thoughtfully designed to inspire urban planners from around the world to come to Doha. and to share their experiences and ideas for doing so. their common goal of a brighter future for friendly cities, calling for new approaches and creative planning methods to find better places for stronger communities.


Dignitaries at the conference. PHOTOS: Shemeer Rasheed

HE the Minister of Municipalities noted that this conference is being held only a year before Qatar hosts the 2022 World Cup, and considered it an opportunity for the whole world to see the wonderful preparations being made by Qatar to host this event, to be a unique experience, especially from the point of view of urban planning, sustainability and quality of life.
Stressing that Qatar, as it has always been accustomed to supporting international organizations working in development and humanitarian affairs, has provided additional support to the International Society of Urban Planners and Planners (ISOCARP) of 50,000 euros, in addition to the main support for the reception of 100,000 euros, in recognition of the difficult conditions generated by the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Minister said that Qatar is a hospitable country with a unique history and heritage and that Doha tops the list of the safest cities in the world.
We have incredible historical, social, cultural, creative, planning and humanitarian experiences that we want you all to experience as our welcome guests in Doha, he added. The exhibition shows through its pavilions and demonstrates how open planning can build better cities and communities.
ISOCARP President Martin Dubbeling gave a speech during the opening session of the congress in which he underlined the importance of this edition of the conference in Doha and the vitality of the issues it will address in terms of strategic planning. for cities, to exchange ideas, share experiences, build friendships and discuss research and academic projects in this field among all participants, as well as affirming their commitment to planning and designing better cities.
For his part, the chairman of the local organizing committee of the 57th ISOCARP congress, Eng Mubarak al-Nuaimi, said that every fair observer of urban development and planning in Qatar feels the quantitative and qualitative development that has produced a set of strategies and flagship projects, affirming that Qatar has an integrated vision for future planning based on its National Vision 2030 and absorbs the concepts of global sustainability. In his speech at the opening session of the congress, he noted that Qatar deserved to host this event, as it is witnessing an unprecedented urban and urban renaissance, pointing out that what happened in Doha and in Other Qatari cities over the past decade deserve pride and to be showcased to the world through ISOCARP’s professional business planning.
He added that the congress was interacting with the climate summit currently being held in the Scottish city of Glasgow to discuss the impacts of climate change, which made it important to ensure that the lines of discussion included the concepts of global sustainability. , healthy and smart cities, improving the quality of life and the importance of resilient cities that resist challenges. He said the congress is also distinguished by the invitation of four keynote speakers who have global value in the field of urbanization and planning, in addition to the national speaker and the Qatari architect, engineer Ibrahim al-Jaidah.
Urban planning has developed in Qatar, such as the city of Msheireb, the beating heart of Doha, the incubator of this congress, Education City, Aspire Gardens, Lusail City, and the stadiums equipped to host the World Cup of FIFA. Director of the Urban Planning Department Ing
Abdulla al-Karani, from the Ministry of Municipality, said that the 57th World Planning Congress 2021 of the International Society of Urban and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), which lasts several days, is an important event in this field organized by Qatar. , and will have a global reach. resonance in terms of the participation of a distinguished group of global, regional and local planners.
For her part, Eng Amna al-Jaber, director of the conference, said that 350 people from all over the world are participating in the conference, including 150 planners who are participating remotely. She said the conference program and activities are comprehensive and rich and include trips to Al Wakra city, National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), Lusail city, Aspire, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and Msheireb. Properties, noting that this is the first conference that includes holding external workshops in these locations.
For her part, Amna al-Juhani, head of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) community outreach team, said the accompanying exhibit reviews developments, strategies and processes that help to initiate planning practices for better cities and local communities.
During the opening session, presentations were given explaining the extent of development, planning and holistic urban development witnessed by the various municipalities of the country, which in turn contributes to making Qatar a attractive place and a unique tourist destination.
ISOCARP is a global non-governmental association founded in 1965 with the aim of bringing together recognized and highly qualified urban planners in an international network.