Qatar Foundation to preserve heritage sites
10 Jan 2017 - 23:44
By Fazeena Saleem / The Peninsula
Qatar Foundation (QF) has taken steps to preserve and restore the heritage sites within Education City according to international standards. Eight historic sites including a first of its kind settlement in Al Rayyan will be preserved.
The ancient structures found within the Education City include residential units, wells, stock yards and a historic mosque dating from the early 20th century, according to QF Telegraph, QF's inhouse publication.
The historic structures inside Al Shaqab include a traditional majlis, pool, Ottoman stables, paddock and wells.
The historic majlis at Al Shaqab Equestrian Center was built as part of a large fenced plantation area of Al Shaqab together with a pool in the 1930s. Stables were built in the 1950s in an neighbouring fenced plantation, belonging to the same owner. The building was commissioned by Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, who ruled Qatar from 1913 to 1940 and in 1948 for one year.
This is considered as the first settlement of its kind in Al Rayyan and the only existing historical majlis within the Education City premises.
Historic sites inside the Education City also has a Fereej (neighborhood) next to gate three consisting of three residential units, one mixed residential and commercial unit and a large stock yard.
Another residential unit identified as Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad’s house is found next to the male student housing. Also a ancient structure of a residential complex is inside Oxygen Park identified as Al Khater house.
A residential unit at Sidra hospital’s Outpatient Department entrance has been identified as Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani’s house.
Capital Projects Directorate (CPD) is leading the Restoration and Re-Use of Historic Structures in Education City project. The project is committed to preserving the historic structures and handing it over to the next generations.
CPD recently conducted a workshop to discuss strategies for the restoration and re-use of the historic structures within Education City. That included representatives from the UNESCO’s Regional Office.
Commenting on the importance of the project Eng Jassim Telefat, Executive Director, Capital Projects, QF earlier said, “The preserved urban structures within Education city are important leads to the landscape and urban history of the area. These structures together represent a rich live dictionary showcasing our heritage from the way of living to construction materials and technologies used in that period. They symbolize the past urban environment and represent the continuity of history. In documenting and preserving these structures in line with international standards, we want to ensure their legacy is preserved for generations to come.”