The Msheireb Downtown Doha project will plant gardens of organic produce in open spaces, residential courtyards and rooftops to promote sustainable living, a project official said during a presentation this week.
The $5.5 billion project, slated to be completed in 2016, may even create a garden full of plants mentioned in the Quran, said Kenneth Wallace, senior design manager of Turner International Middle East.
“Given previous experience from the region that up to 20kg of vegetables could be produced per year from one sqm of land, the organic gardens at MDD would have the potential for up to eight tonnes of produce per year,” (Wallace) predicted…
“A demo garden installed at MDD construction site office for over a year has tomatoes growing and hens laying eggs,” Wallace said.
In July, Msheireb also announced plans to re-use non-potable water across its development, ideally saving millions of liters of water a day.
The project – which claims on its website to be the world’s first sustainable city center regeneration project – will treat sewage so that it is clean enough for use in district cooling, plant watering and the flushing of toilets.