Pearl-Qatar rises from the sea a month early

Work on the $2.5 billion man-made island project is running a month ahead of schedule as reclamation work is due for completion sometime this month

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By  Rhys Jones Published  October 16, 2004

First signs of the Pearl-Qatar Island emerging from the sea is now visible from Doha’s West Bay Lagoon area. Reclamation work on the US $2.5 billion man-made island is now running a month ahead of schedule according to Qatar Dredging Company. The first phase of reclamation work, which began in April this year, is due for completion this month with some 4 million m3 of sand having been lifted and 1.7 m2 of land being reclaimed. The mixed-use project, which is Qatar’s first international real estate development is the largest real estate project in the country and the first in Qatar to offer freehold and residential rights to international investors. “Progress has been swift largely due to the shallow waters in the area,” said Abdul Rahman Abdulghani, chairman, Qatar Dredging Company, which was awarded the 21-month contract to reclaim 998 acres of land which will make up The Pearl-Qatar. Qatar Dredging’s contract with United Development Company (UDC), the promoter and developer of The Pearl-Qatar, includes all reclamation work and revetment for shore protection and quay walls. The Pearl-Qatar is being reclaimed to 2.5 m above sea level and in all, some 14 million m3 of sand is being lifted for the project. “Early completion of this first phase will shortly allow piling contractors on-site to drive piles for the first seven of the 21, 20-storey towers which will surround the island’s main marina,” said Nick Bashkiroff, development director, The Pearl-Qatar. “The project’s name and location, on the site of this former pearl diving site, leverages Qatar’s traditions and strong historical and cultural ties with the sea,” he added. The first phase of the marina is due for completion in late 2006 when the first investors are due to take up residency on the island. Around 30 000 residents are expected to eventually live on The Pearl-Qatar in an up-scale, multi-cultural island retreat. The four-phase development comprises 10 themed districts to be developed over five years and will include a range of hotels, four marinas with combined mooring for over 700 boats and 60 000 m2 of retail and restaurant space. Meanwhile, the Pearl-Qatar has chosen Action Global Communications to handle its international public relations requirements for the project. The contract will be overseen by Dubai-headquartered MCS/Action, the regional arm of the Nicosia-based Action Group.

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