In 2010, for the first time in history, more than 50% of humanity is living in cities and this is expected to rise to 70% in only a few decades. Qatar, which has a population close to 1.7 million has around 1.5 million living in ‘metropolitan Doha’, nearly 90% of the total population. And that is not so bad, says Ian Lyne, Project Manager of Qatar National Master Plan (QNMP), debunking planning theories which stresses on distribution of population evenly across territories.
“High population densities in cities reduce transaction costs, make public spending on infrastructure and services cheaper, and make the generation and diffusion of knowledge easier. In turn, these factors attract the fast growing sectors of an economy into cities,” quotes Lyne from the UN Habitat. So it is with these factors in mind that the National Plan of Qatar has been formulated. In short, Qatar will soon have a framework that dictates how the country will look.