The current fast track urban development process is an important characteristic of the city of Doha. No exploration or
examination of its urban spaces, however, has been done before. This paper offers an experiential assessment of three
key urban open spaces by examining their spatial and physical characteristics while implementing direct systematic
observation and behavioural mapping procedure. Assessment results reveal important outcomes that include absence
of physical aspects amenable for effective use while offering a pleasant experience for visitors. The findings contribute
to an in-depth understanding of the qualities of the three spaces and the resulting use, activities, and behaviour representative
of the inhabitants' spatial experience in those spaces. While the overall experience of users appear to be satisfactory,
the results convey that there is an absence of landscape features and a dearth of green spaces and appropriate
outdoor furniture, absence of adequate shaded areas and shading devices and a lack of children’s facilities or
specially designated areas for children. Addressing the lack of features that enhance people’s activities and use of these
spaces would contribute to making the spaces more conducive for use by different types of users and at different days
Keywords: Experiential Assessment, Doha, Urban Open Spaces, Behavioural Mapping.
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