Manama: Qatar's new mosques will be built according to environment friendly models, a special committee appointed to review designs of the religious buildings has said.

The panel formed to review designs of all mosques in the country is studying 18 model designs to select the most appropriate to meet the required standardisation with special focus on environment friendly measures, Abdullah Al Dosari, the general manager of Aqaf Public Department, said.

The project mainly aims at saving power and water consumption in mosques, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported on Sunday. According to Al Dosari, Qatar plans to establish a joint Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Waqf (endowment) to be the first international Islamic Waqaf to finance charity projects and training programmes and to meet the development needs of the poorest countries in the world.

Awqaf also plans to increase spending rates in the next five years to reach QR200 million ($55 million) annually, he said.

The move will lay an integrated vision to develop and invest in Awqaf assets that will address six social requirements, child and family care, Quran and Sunnah, mosque service, health care, cultural development and charitable acts.