Msheireb Downtown Doha, a mixed-use development in the Qatari capital with a focus on sustainability on smart technology, has just received a Guinness World Records™ title for the “Largest Underground Car Park” in the world.

The urban area, which is home to a number of attractions including historical exhibits, museums, parks, and unique architecture, has a number of dining outlets from international brands, as well as multiple including the Mandarin Oriental, Doha; the Park Hyatt Doha; and the Al Wadi Hotel Doha – M Gallery.

The car park in question boasts 10,017 spaces, and was designed specifically to help keep more space available in the rest of the development for more attractions and beautiful outdoor spaces, while offering residents, tenants, and visitors alike convenient access that doesn’t impinge upon local traffic. As a result, the area is filled with pedestrian-friendly walkways,and with the underground basements of the parking area extending over the entire district, the design was created with the goal of improving connectivity across the entire development and the wider city area.

“We wanted to reclaim outdoor spaces for the community by removing vehicles from the streets around Msheireb,” said Msheireb Properties CEO Eng. Ali Al Kuwari. “The Guinness World Records™ for the Largest Underground Car Park is a testament to our dedication to creating a sustainable and innovative city district that prioritises the well-being of our community. By locating car parking and building services underground, we enabled architects to design attractive buildings with active façades on all sides.”

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The cutting-edge facility boasts an intelligent parking system that guides drivers to available spaces, making the parking experience seamless and hassle-free. Placing it all underground has also had a significant impact on building design, by removing the need for back service entrances, which has improved street quality and aesthetic cohesion.

As the flagship project of Msheireb Properties, Msheireb Downtown Doha has been designed to revive the historical downtown area with a new architectural language that is modern yet inspired by traditional Qatari heritage. The district incorporates the latest smart city technology and sustainability features, making it a model for future urban development’s worldwide.

Raafat Tawfik, Guinness World Records™ official adjudicator, said, “We are thrilled to recognise Msheireb Downtown Doha for its outstanding achievement in creating the Largest Underground Car Park. This feat showcases the district’s commitment to innovation, sustainability, and enhancing the urban living experience.”