Theme Week Qatar – The Pearl

27 August 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

Dusk at the Pearl Qatar © - Steven Byles/cc-by-sa-2.0

Dusk at the Pearl Qatar © – Steven Byles/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Pearl-Qatar in Doha is an artificial island spanning nearly four million square metres. It is the first land in Qatar to be available for freehold ownership by foreign nationals. As of January 2015, there are 12,000 residents. Once fully completed, The Pearl will create over 32 kilometres of new coastline, for use as a residential estate with an expected 18,831 dwellings and 45,000 residents by 2018. Developed by United Development Company and planned by architecture and design firm Callison, the island is located 350 metres offshore of Doha’s West Bay Lagoon area. In 2004, when the project was first revealed, the initial cost of constructing the island stood at $2.5 billion. It is now believed the project will cost $15 billion upon completion.   read more…

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