Technical Tours

Technical Tours of the 2021 ISOCARP World Planning Congress in Doha, Qatar will take the delegates to visit three exciting contemporary urban developments in Qatar. Each participant will choose one of the below destinations. Technical Tours are different from the Site Visits for Workshop days.

DateTimeDurationAvailability        Meet up point    Dress Code
Monday 8/11/2021
4 hours
35 persons per tour        Mandarin Oriental ballroom lobby     Causal with comfortable walking shoes

Please note: tour registration will be opened on 2nd of November

To register, you must LOG IN to your account first and reserve your slots here.

1. Al-Wakra

Al Wakra Municipality is in the southeast of Qatar and is bordered to the north by Metropolitan Doha It covers an area of approximately 2,520 sq km or 22% of Qatar. In addition to the main town of Al Wakra, other key settlements include Al Wukair a traditional Qatari township.A large proportion of the Municipality is covered by the Environmental Protected Area, Khor Al Adaid, which contains a unique tidal lagoon, mobile sand dunes, rodahs, wadis and is nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Being one of Qatar's oldest continuously inhabited areas, Al Wakrah was long a center for pearl diving and fishing. The traditional dhow boats used in these pursuits inspired the design of Al Janoub Stadium. At its inauguration, a stunning pre-match show paid tribute to Al Wakrah's heritage and to Zaha Hadid, the architect whose firm designed the stadium's boldly futuristic shape.

In this visit you will be able to enjoy a private tour in Al Janoub stadium, a bus ride in the AlWakra city and a visit for the local AlWakra souq.


2. Aspire Zone

Aspire Zone is a 250 ha sporting complex located in Al Rayyan Municipality within the Metropolitan Doha. Established in 2003, Aspire Zone pushed Doha to the forefront as an international sporting destination, with the construction of Aspire Academy, an educational centre the development of athletes and champions. The complex contains sporting venues built to host the 2006 Asian Games, and since then, these venues have served as valuable assets to the community, dedicated as gyms and halls for everyone to use. Aspire is home to the first-ever sports medicine hospital in the Middle East region – Aspetar. It earned accreditation as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence in 2009. It is also the location for Khalifa International Stadium, which was newly refurbished and is ready to host games of FIFA World Cup as well as have a role of multi-purpose stadium for other events. Aspire is set to expand as it is included in the Al Rayyan South Metropolitan Centre by the Qatar National Masterplan, in addition to the expansions made for the FIFA World Cup, it will act as a major transit oriented development with new Mixed Use Zones.

3. Lusail City

Lusail is a planned city in Qatar located in the Al Daayen Municipality, 23km north of Doha. Lusail City is a sustainable and comprehensively designed city and acts as a symbol of Qatar's progress and development. It is the largest project undertaken by the State of Qatar and is the physical embodiment of the Qatar National Vision 2030 in the field of Real Estate Development. Lusail is a city of the future, with its light rail network, connection to the metro system, a water taxi transportation system, cycle and pedestrian network as 30% of the land area will be dedicated to green and open spaces to create a relaxed atmosphere, integrated with lively components of the city. It's a prime example of good urban planning and design at work in Qatar. The district is also the location for the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium, which is the biggest in Qatar, and purposely built for the FIFA World Cup. It embodies Qatar's ambition and its passion for sharing Arab culture with the world, being inspired by local lantern and art pieces.


4. Museum Tour

The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) is dedicated to bringing to life the story of Qatar and its people. It actively gives voice to the nation's rich heritage and culture and demonstrates Qatar's extensive network of ties with other nations and people around the world. Designed to be vibrant and immersive, the museum is a space where diverse communities can come together and experience Qatar's past, present and future.

At the end of this tour you will also pass by the Museum of Islamic panoramic park.

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