An American delegation from the State of Oregon, accompanied by a delegation comprising members of the Qatar National Food Security Programme (QNFSP) today visited the Knowledge Enrichment Centre, moored off Doha Corniche. The Knowledge Enrichment Centre celebrates the rich Qatari heritage and initiates knowledge sharing between Qatari Nationals and visitors alike.
The group of fourteen foreign visitors to the Knowledge Enrichment Centre featured esteemed government representatives and business leaders from the USA including Nancy Hamilton (Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor, Economic Development, from the Office of the Governor of Oregon) and Marvin Kaiser (Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Portland State University, and irrigation and building energy management expert). QNFSP had visited the American State of Oregon in March, and are currently hosting their American partners on their return visit to Qatar.
The delegation of academics, business leaders, and sustainability experts from the State of Oregon in the U.S. are in Qatar to conduct on-site observations and meetings that will allow them to gain first-hand insight into the challenges, resources, and structures to which they can apply their expertise. The group was informed on the upcoming local green building initiatives and developments as well as ongoing sustainability and green building practices adopted by DOHALAND.
The visit to the Knowledge Enrichment Centre was an opportunity to gain an insight into the DOHALAND ethos, which shares many alignments with the mission and vision of the QNFSP. The QNFSP programme seeks to desalinate seawater using solar energy, and use efficient agricultural technologies such as hydroponics to grow food domestically. The long-term objective of QNFSP is to initiate and develop sectors in renewable energy, agricultural production, food processing and water management and desalination.
The pillars of DOHALAND include environmentally sound building practice and that of sustainability throughout the business, therefore reinforcing the ideals of the Qatar Foundation and the Qatar National Vision 2030, goals and ambitions.
A Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment, the Knowledge Enrichment Centre was unveiled by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar and HH Sheikha Mozah Nasser Al Missned, in January 2010. The Knowledge Enrichment Centre will initiate a knowledge-sharing culture among people in Qatar, acting as a venue to host workshops, seminars, conferences, exhibitions and other cultural and knowledge events. It will also act as an information bank on DOHALAND’s Musheireb project.
DOHALAND’s signature project, Musheireb is a QR20 billion pioneering effort planned to revive the old commercial centre of the city, by deploying a community-based architectural language across a massive 35 hectare site. The primary objective of the project is to reverse the pattern of development and growth of Doha in recent decades which has tended towards isolated land uses with a modernistic urban sprawl and heavy reliance on car transport. The development will employ the latest in green building and sustainability technologies and practices as it also intends to promote environmentally conscious practices throughout the regional construction sector.
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