In another milestone ahead of its opening next year, the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) became the first national museum in the world to receive a LEED Gold and a Four-Star GSAS sustainability rating.

National Museum of Qatar (Image Credit: Iwan Baan)
National Museum of Qatar (Image Credit: Iwan Baan)

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Certifications from LEED are globally recognised symbols of sustainability achievements, while the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) is the first performance-based system in the MENA region developed for rating green buildings and infrastructure. The primary objective of GSAS is to create a sustainably built environment, considering the specific needs and context of the region.

NMoQ Director Sheikha Amna bint Abdulaziz bin Jassim Al Thani said the National Museum of Qatar aspires to become a global benchmark, not just in terms of its architectural beauty and immersive offering, but also for its sustainability legacy which will impact generations to come.

We are proud to become the first national museum in the world to receive this honour and look forward to future achievements that will put Qatar on the world’s cultural map.’

Set to open in March next year, NMoQ will celebrate Qatar’s past, present and future. The iconic building embraces as its centerpiece the restored historic Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani (1880-1957), son of the founder of modern Qatar.

Designed by Jean Nouvel, the 40,000-square-metre building incorporates the Palace with the innovative artworks created by local and international artists, with rare and precious objects and documentary materials, which can be found in the museum.

The ambitious project is currently being brought to life by ASTAD. ASTAD’s dual role as project manager and sustainability consultant for LEED and GSAS certifications enabled effective integration of sustainability into the design and construction of the museum. In spite of its complex design, the construction of NMoQ enables it to reduce energy consumption by 26% compared to the ASHRAE baseline – a minimum requirement for energy efficient designs for buildings.

ASTAD CEO Engineer Ali Al Khalifa said the rating is a major achievement for Qatar Museums and ASTAD.

NMoQ is set to open its doors to the public next year. For updates and more information about the museum, visit