Doha – More than 100 urban development, public policy, and sustainability experts, as well as government decision-makers, have highlighted the need for improved regulations for urban development in Qatar. The discussions took place last week as part of an event co-organized by Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) and UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign (WUC) entitled ‘Urban Thinkers Campus’ (UTC).

Attendees at the various sessions explored the future of Doha’s urban development in line with the principles of UN-Habitat’s ‘New Urban Agenda’. The discussions were focused on three main areas, including: Intelligent Cities; Sustainable Neighbourhoods; and Private Sector Engagement in Urban Planning and Development.

The need for improved urban development regulations was highlighted as one of the main challenges Qatar needs to overcome to effectively achieve UN-Habitat’s ‘New Urban Agenda’. Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, Director, QGBC, said: “It is important to find consistency in implementing and safe-guarding existing regulations in Qatar. Additionally, improved regulations will help pave the way for private sector engagement in policy formulation and enforcement when it comes to urban development in the country.” Commenting on urban development in the GCC states and in Qatar, Dr. Tarek El-Sheikh, Regional Representative for Gulf States and Director of the UN Habitat Office in Kuwait, said: “Urban development across the GCC is still in its infancy, and there is considerable potential for further improvement. Governments across the region, especially in Qatar, strive to make serious enhancements as part of their national development visions. The main challenge the region needs to overcome is to build further partnerships across the economy and engage private stakeholders further on various levels.” QGBC, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), is working towards creating a sustainable future for Qatar through research, outreach, and education.

Source: Qatar News Agency