By Andy Sambidge
Centre chiefs say 3,000 workers are on site six days a week to meet construction deadline.
Construction of the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) is on schedule for its opening in the second quarter of 2011.
The full enclosure of the building envelope is also on track for completion this month, officials said on Tuesday.
More than 3,000 workers are working six days a week to ensure construction schedules are on track and groundwork has started for the second construction stage of the additional 35,000 sq m exhibition halls.
QNCC general manager Paul D’Arcy said: “Many Gulf countries have been affected by the global financial crisis but there’s no slowing down in Qatar. It has a clear vision for its future and an unflagging conviction to make this come true.”
Estimated to cost $1.2 billion on completion, the QNCC will feature a multi-purpose hall for 4,000 seated theatre style, a 2,300 seat lyric style three tiered auditorium, two additional tiered auditoriums, 57 flexible meetings rooms, 40,000 sq m exhibition halls and banquet space for up to 10,000 guests.