Al Habtoor and Al Jaber go it alone on Doha’s tallest tower

The 80 storey mixed-use tower will be the tallest structure in Doha

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By  Sean Cronin Published  August 20, 2005

Contractors Al Habtoor and Al Jaber have taken the main construction package on the tallest new tower in Doha. They have teamed up without their usual South African joint venture partners Murray & Roberts and Grinaker. Al Habtoor-Al Grinaker contracts manager Nigel Pool, said: “This sends out a clear message to the international real estate development and construction industry that the contractors of the Gulf have come of age and are able to take on projects such as The Dubai Towers - Doha that require the highest level of quality in their building.” The multi-billion dirham project is being developed by Dubai International Properties and is its first development in Qatar. Hill International is project-managing the tower while RMJM and Hyder are the design consultants. RMJM regional director Hazel Wong, said: “As the design architect, I have tried to create a vision of the Dubai Tower as one of the most memorable and sought after addresses in the city of Doha to live work and play.” At 80 storeys, the landmark mixed-use development will be the tallest building in Qatar. It will offer high-end retail offices, a five-star hotel and apartments. The project is due for completion in 2008 and will be marketed by property consultant DTZ. LWDG senior designer, Kevin McLachlan, said: “We see Dubai Towers - Doha as a very important project. Its scale will make it the highest structure in Doha and, therefore, it will surely become an architectural icon for Qatar just as Emirates Towers has served Dubai.”

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