Old Palace Doha

Doha, Qatar

Qatar Museums Authority
ZRS Architekten
Structural Engineer
ZRS Ingenieure
BAM – Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung
Wood Treatment
Bertram Jechorek
Restoration Consultancy
Prof. Dr. -Ing. Johannes Cramer, TU Berlin
Karen Keller, Kristina Brakebusch


The Old Palace in Doha is an almost unique physical example of the traditional architecture of Qatar. The Palace has a rich history with elements dating from at least three building phases between around 1880 and 1972. The restoration works aimed to consolidate and restore the Palace in-line with international standards in monument conservation. Typical damages to the structure included the corrosion and spalling of concrete elements, termite induced damage to structural timber elements and decay of decorations and finishes due to rising damp and salinity.

The works included considerable underpinning of the historic foundations using a raft of micro-piles, conservation of the historic masonry fabric, replacement of badly carbonated concrete elements with new glass fibre reinforced trass-lime elements and the consolidation and in-situ repair of delicate carved gypsum ornaments.

The restored Old Palace ensemble sets a new standard for monument conservation both in Qatar and within the Gulf region by combining cutting-edge structural engineering solutions with a respectful approach to the conservation of traditional material and techniques.