The project is located on a prominent 135,000 m² site on the corniche in central Doha and offers a total of 36,000 m² of newly enclosed space.
Public facilities include permanent and temporary galleries, an auditorium, two cafés, a restaurant, a museum shop, and facilities for school groups and VIPs, while staff facilities consist of a heritage research center, restoration laboratories, staff offices, collection processing, and storage areas. The museum is surrounded by an 11,500 m² semi-public park and includes parking areas for approximately 300 cars. The old palace onsite has been refurbished to become part of the new museum. MAN Enterprise Qatar's joint venture with EMPTY S.L., a Spanish museography company specializing in such areas, to execute the museography works as design and build for the permanent exhibit galleries over an area of 8,500 m², which forms a ring around the museum’s central courtyard. The above includes the fit-out of the 11 permanent galleries with different themes from Qatar’s geological history to the people of Qatar and their life experience prior to the discovery of oil, followed by the LNG and concluding with Qatar today. Work involves abortive and enabling works to accommodate the museography scope within the building’s existing finishes and the design, the manufacturing and installation of showcases, set works, models, a state of the art audio visual system, lighting, graphics and associated electro-mechanical works. Contractor: MAN Enterprise / Empty JV