Doha Festival City

Doha’s one stop leisure shop

We are project managing the construction of Doha Festival City, a comprehensive development that will unite shopping, dining, hospitality, entertainment and leisure in a single location.

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Doha Festival City Project summary


Bawabat Al Shamal Real Estate Co. WLL

Project value

£1.4bn (6.6bn QAR)

Key partners

Al Futtaim Real Estate (AFRE), DP Architects, Arab Engineering Bureau

Services provided

Project and programme management, Consultancy


Hotels and residential, Hotels, Retail, Leisure and sport, Commercial


Middle East and North Africa

Project timeline

Start date

Project story

With a colossal 8,000 car parking spaces, more than 500 retail units and a land area of 433,847 sq m, this mixed use development is primed to become the jewel in Doha’s leisure and retail crown.

With a 32,000 sq m IKEA superstore among the multitude of shopping units, Festival City will be a one stop shop for Qatari citizens. Joining the Swedish design store on site is a 39,000 sq m entertainment facility, a five-star hotel and convention centre, and luxury restaurants – all in a northern suburb of Doha.

Employed by a partnership between Dubai based Al Futtaim Real Estate Services, Qatar’s Aqar Real Estate Company, Qatar Islamic Bank, and a private Qatari investor, our team of experts has been brought in to oversee construction in a project management role.

Having such a complex and lucrative project to deliver – with a staggering value of £1.4bn and a 9,000 strong workforce – health and safety is, as ever, our primary concern. Once fully open, Doha Festival City will quickly establish itself as a holistic destination admired throughout the Gulf. During the build phase our team will ensure a strong reputation based on health and safety excellence. This has already been recognised, with our project team securing a 2016 International Safety Award with merit, for the second consecutive year.

Project stats

500+ retail units
8,000+ parking bays
433,847 sq m land area
30m work hours without a safety incident

Points of note

Industrial theatre

Delivering one of Qatar’s largest ever commercial projects safely and in collaboration with a whole host of partners was never going to be easy. As part of our vision to preserve a safe working environment, our innovative employees developed role-play scenarios and industrial theatre events to help communicate key safety messaging to the combined 9,000 employees working on the project.

Health and safety champion

In addition to the International Safety Awards presented to the team, which work to reinforce our steadfast commitment to on site safety, Senior Construction Manager, Steve Taylor came a close second in the Health and Safety Champion category. A category that recognises exemplary individuals who keep their colleagues and the public free from harm.

“We’re working closely with the appointed Project Manager, Mace, to ensure that all key milestones and specifications are delivered, in order to meet the scheduled completion date.”