Doha, Qatar’s capital, began as a port settlement in a desert land with pearl diving, fishing and sea trade, has since embraced a rapid path of modernization. The city preserves traditions, heritage, culture and art, alongside impressive architecture and technological investment with evermore focus on design. The city’s cultural assets include the Museum of Islamic Art, showcasing 14 centuries of art from Qatar and elsewhere, and the National Museum of Qatar, providing insights into the country’s past, present and future with the futuristic shape of a desert rose. The city is also undertaking many more modern development projects such as Burj Doha, Msheireb Downtown Doha, the impressive Education City Stadium and Khalifa International Stadium, which showcases the country’s dedication to promoting sports along with design and many other elements of sustainable development, which set a new standard for sustainable design.
As a Creative City of Design, the following steps will be important:
- Maximizing opportunities for those interested in the field of design to engage in education, workshops or initiatives, with minimal barriers to entry;
- Creating more job opportunities in the field of design at all levels, from apprenticeships to supporting career growth to management;
- Supporting crossover and synergies between design and other creative fields of the Network by fostering crosscutting initiatives and events;
- Actively pursuing cooperation and discussion with other Creative Cities in the Network to support learning and development in the field of design; and
- Supporting local efforts and professionals in design and creating hubs for designers.