Ras Bufontas Free Zone (RBF) is a key component in Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA)’s mission to contribute to the human, social, economic and environmental development of Qatar, aligning with the 2030 Qatar National Vision’s long-term sustainable development goals and pillars.
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Ras Bufontas Free Zone
Sustainable Architecture Built
Qatar Free Zones Authority
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Rem Koolhaas, Katrin Betshinger, Shinji Takagi, Samir Bantal
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RBF covers 4km2 directly adjacent to award-winning Hamad International Airport (HIA), providing unrivalled access to air transportation and efficient customs processing times. The first line of the Doha Metro, which opened in May 2019, provides direct access to RBF. There are specific sections of the zone dedicated to specific industries, allowing for optimal cluster growth and perfectly tailored infrastructure and facilities. Fully serviced plots come in different sizes to suit specific industry needs, and facilities are flexible, meaning that companies can either choose to build their own, can hire QFZA to build it for them to exact specifications, or can elect to use pre-built facilities.
RBF is designed to be smart, sustainable, green and investor- oriented. Qatar is at the cutting edge of technological developments, and RBF has been designed to allow investors to take full advantage of the exciting growth of technologies such as 5G, the Internet of Things and the expansion of AI based services. RBF has been designed to be as efficient as possible, making use of a wide range of innovative technologies and techniques.
Tactics to conserve water and reduce heat; many green spaces, featuring a green irrigation control system, a beachfront promenade, and eco- trail; front- facing parking areas screened by evergreens to protect and promote clean air; a wide range of solutions deployed to minimize the need for private transport, including shuttle buses and widespread pedestrian and cycle networks.
Smart technologies are playing a growing role in our logistics offerings. RBF is set up to incorporate autonomous warehouses and drones, as well as smart customs and insurance solutions.
All buildings in RBF are required to incorporate sustainable design features which achieve a minimum 1-star (GSAS Building Typologies) sustainability rating. In addition, they are required to conserve energy and resources by using efficient passive and active systems, including minimizing cooling demands, reducing lighting requirements (by enabling sufficient natural light), minimizing solar gain, and reducing energy demands.
Sustainable development measures have already been implemented in RBF, which was awarded the GSAS Design & Build 3 Stars Certificate for ‘Districts & Infrastructure Scheme’ by the Gulf Organization for Research & Development (GORD) in July 2021.
QFZA strives to achieve its commitment to the 2030 Qatar National Vision through an improved environmental management of RBF that encompasses sustainable building design, effective climate change responses, sustainable urbanization, and a healthier, better connected user environment.
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