Pearl-Qatar is delayed as plot density is increased

UDC bows to demand for Pearl property by increasing towers and applying for more islands

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By  Sean Cronin Published  April 29, 2006

The Pearl-Qatar could be about to get a few more ‘pearls’ following moves to ramp up the development density of the project. Now developer UDC has put back the completion date on the first towers to be handed over, to late 2007. Spokesman Roger Dagher, said: “It is in response to great demand. Everything is going on schedule, so we are just putting a conservative estimate on it.” The new completion date follows moves to increase the number of private islands on the US $2.5 billion (QR9.1 billion) development — which form the shape of a string of pearls. UDC plans to add up to five islands to the reclamation — including one that has been earmarked for the Emir of Qatar. Project sources have confirmed that the developer is seeking approval from the Qatari government for the extra islands, which would be constructed using excavated sand from elsewhere on the project. Each of the private islands being developed on the mega-project covers around 17,600m2. The revelation follows earlier moves by UDC to increase the number of towers on the project. The developer originally planned to build 19 towers around the Port Arabia part of the project, but 31 towers are now planned on the site. Construction Week has also learned that developer UDC has put back the completion date on the project, with investors now being told that the first phase will be completed in late 2007 instead of late 2006. With around three-quarters of the total reclamation work already completed, the project is entering its main construction phase, with piling work underway on the first towers in Porto Arabia.

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