By Andy Sambidge
First phase of Heart of Doha development set for 2012 completion, to be built in five stages.
The foundation stone of Dohaland's flagship $5.5bn housing project is set to be laid on Wednesday, it was reported on Monday.
Dohaland, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation, will conduct the ceremony at its Heart of Doha project which will be developed under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al Missned, Qatar Tribune reported.
To be developed in five phases, the first stage of the project will be completed by 2012, Dohaland’s assistant manager for public affairs Jawaher al Khuzaei told the paper.
The entire project is likely to be completed by the end of 2016 and will cover an area of nearly 35 hectares next to the Emiri Diwan, Qatar’s seat of government.
The Heart of Doha project comprises a variety of buildings ranging from three to 30-storey buildings and is the first project of Dohaland, which was set up in August 2007 by Qatar Foundation with a mandate to evolve cutting-edge urban living concepts that build on traditional Arabian architecture and design.
On completion, the integrated city will be able to accommodate a population of more than 27,000.
The proposed amenities at the new development include centralised district cooling, gas network, a vacuum waste disposal system, a dedicated cycle-way and a tram service to Souq Waqif.