New life for old Qatar

Reviving historic areas

As well as our work on forts, palaces and towers, our team give new life to old buildings and historic areas.

We preserve the parts of the country that unite residents with Qatar’s past so that local audiences can retain their connection to years gone by, even as the immediate environment around us transforms.


Giving new life

Our architectural conservation team rehabilitate historic buildings in the North of Qatar, in Al Shamal, Al Ruwais and Abu Dhelouf, with the aim of making them accessible to the public. We’ve recently carried out restoration and rehabilitation works at Abu Dhelouf Mosque and Al Ruwais Police Station.

We have restored mosques in Al Wakra, Sumaisma and Dukhan; palaces in Al Wajba and Al Shamal and the village of Al Mufair. We’ve also worked on a number of significant houses around the country, including Abdulla bin Jassim Al Thani’s House, where he once lived, the Al Nejada Houses made from stones and mud, where Persian workers resided, and the house of Sheikh Ghanim bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, a landmark on Al Wakra beach.

More to come

To further our impact, we have proposed many more restoration projects around Qatar and have several more in progress or planed. These include Al Kholaifi House at the Doha Corniche and the mosques Al Khoulifat and Bin Washakh. We hope these spaces will be accessible for future generations, inspiring them to explore ancient civilisation in the midst of modern life.

Preserving old mosques

We are currently carrying out investigative and restoration activities at Al Ruwais Mosque, the oldest in Qatar. Al Ruwais is one of the oldest harbour towns in the north of the country. Its mosque was built in the 1940s on the ruins of an older one, thought to be from the 17th century.

After the 1970s, the mosque was abandoned in favour of modern ones equipped with air-conditioning and other facilities. As a result, the neglected building suffered from harsh weather conditions and damage to its foundations. Our team intervened in order to rescue the character and authenticity of the old landmark, its restoration including several phases - strengthening the walls, removing collapsed sections, and monitoring structural cracks and fissures. We’ve also planned subsequent studies, such as an analysis of the soil and foundations to prevent the negative impact of seawater on the mosque’s foundations and walls.

We’re also including the essential amenities for our visitors, a car park and pedestrian footpaths.

as the immediate environment transforms, local audiences retain their connection to years past

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