Moscow – September 2, 2018
Barwa Real Estate Group, one of the leading real estate and investment companies in Qatar and the region, participated in the Year of Culture Qatar-Russia 2018, where a seminar entitled "Qatar: No Limits of Architecture" was held with the participation of Mr. Salman bin Mohammad Al-Mohannadi, Group CEO of Barwa Real Estate Group, Eng. Ibrahim Mohammad Al Jaidah, CEO of Arab Engineering Bureau, Eng. Abdelwahed Elwakil, advisor at Barwa Group, Prof. Dr. Ali Abdelrouf Ali Abouelsaad, head of R&D Urban Planning Department (Qatar Ministry of Municipality and Environment).
The seminar opened with a welcome speech by His Excellency Mr. Fahad Bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Russian Federation, in which His Excellency pointed out the importance of providing opportunities for exchanging experience and knowledge between both countries, especially in the field of architecture and urban development.
At the panel discussion, Mr. Salman Al-Mohannadi, Group CEO of Barwa Real Estate Group, talked about the importance of the balance between architectural culture, economic feasibility, market needs, social benefits and minimum environmental impact.
Mr. Salman Al-Mohannadi also addressed the great role played by major companies such as Barwa Real Estate, which plays a key role in the development of Qatari real estate in order to meet the country's urban needs, taking into account the desired balance in all aspects, which made Barwa Real Estate an example to be followed by other companies.
Eng. Ibrahim Mohammad Al Jaidah addressed the urban changes in Qatar from the 1940s to the current urban situation, drawing on modern projects that have succeeded in reviving local identity in contemporary architecture.
On the benefits of old engineering techniques and their compatibility with the climate, Eng. Abdelwahed Elwakil, advisor at Barwa Group, praised the characteristics of the Islamic architecture, which respects traditions. He also compared it with the modern architectural designs inspired by different environments that may not be commensurate with the country's climate.
About the reasons that made Doha the Middle East’s capital of the creative economy, Prof. Dr. Ali Abdelrouf Ali Abouelsaad, spoke at public interview entitled "From Boring to Smart and Resilient City". He explained how mega projects like the Museum of Islamic Art, the 2022 FIFA World Cup projects and the National Museum of Qatar, had changed the physical and cultural landscape of the capital city of Qatar.
The seminar was moderated by Monika Konrad, project director at Strelka KB, Mikhail Alekseyevskiy, Head of Strelka KB Center for Urban Anthropology, and Ville Hara, member of Finnish Architects Association, with more than 800 visitors and over 10,000 online viewers.