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Al Najada (Arabic: النجادة‎) is a district in Qatar, located in the municipality of Doha.[2] It is one of the oldest districts of Doha.[3] Doha's rapid urbanization during the 1970s after it gained independence resulted in the gradual decline of Al Najada. Several of its historical buildings have been demolished.[3]

Al Najada

النجادة
District
Sikkat Al Ihsan Street in Al Najada
Sikkat Al Ihsan Street in Al Najada
Al Najada is located in Doha
Al Najada
Al Najada
Al Najada is located in Qatar
Al Najada
Al Najada
Coordinates: 25°17′N 51°31.8′E / 25.283°N 51.5300°E / 25.283; 51.5300Coordinates: 25°17′N 51°31.8′E / 25.283°N 51.5300°E / 25.283; 51.5300
CountryQatar Qatar
MunicipalityAd-Dawhah
ZoneZone 5
District no.5
Area
 • Total0.05 km2 (0.02 sq mi)

The Qatar Museums Authority has taken steps to preserve the cultural and architectural heritage of the district with its 'Al Turath al Hai' ('living heritage') initiative.[4] Most significant structures dating back to the early 20th century that still exist have been documented by the Origins of Doha Project. Some of the contemporary buildings dating to the late 20th century were intentionally designed with traditional elements of Qatari architecture in the interests of preserving the district's identity.[5]

Najada SouqEdit

 
Shops at Souq Najada

Najada Souq, also known as the Mobile Phone Souq, was closed in 2012. It was announced in 2017 that the souq would re-open.[6] A gold market containing 50 shops was inaugurated in the refurbished Najada Souq in July 2018. The new souq has an underground parking lot with 250 spaces.[7]

Sikkat Al IhsanEdit

Sikkat Al Ihsan is a tapered street that connects Al Maymoun Street and Barahat Al Jufairi Street. Most of the residential units on this street are old, likely dating to the early 20th century, and provide good examples of vernacular architecture in Doha. Because of its long and mostly-undisturbed history, Sikkat Al Ihsan is considered a significant historic site of interest.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "District Area Map". Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  2. ^ "2010 population census" (PDF). Qatar Statistics Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b Djamel Bouassa. "Al Asmakh historic district in Doha, Qatar: from an urban slum to living heritage". academia.edu. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  4. ^ "The Winners of the Old Doha Prize Competition Announced". Marhaba. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  5. ^ Daniel Eddisford and Kirk Roberts (June 2014). "Historic Building Survey Report" (PDF). Origins of Doha Project. p. 41. Retrieved 27 August 2018.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Qatar's Old Souq Najada Is Getting a Makeover". expatwoman.com. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  7. ^ "New Gold Souq housing 50 shops opens at Souq Najada". Gulf Times. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  8. ^ Daniel Eddisford and Kirk Roberts (June 2014). "Historic Building Survey Report" (PDF). Origins of Doha Project. p. 30. Retrieved 27 August 2018.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)