By Sean Cronin
UDC/Qatar Dredging: Pearl-Qatar Winner of: Judges’ Supreme Award Reclamation Project of the Year Award Project of the Year (Qatar) Award Major Project of the Year Award
|~|97award200.gif|~|UDC/Qatar Dredging Company (from left to right): Abdulrahman Jawhari, Salim Abdul-Rahim, David Cannon and Walid Saadi.|~|The Pearl-Qatar swept the boards at this year’s awards, picking up three separate award categories in addition to the Judges’ Supreme Award, for the US $2.5 billion development.
UDC and Qatar Dredging picked up the Reclamation Project of the Year Award in addition to Major Project of the Year Award and the Project of the Year award for Qatar.
The judges felt that one project stood out from the other offshore developments being built around the Gulf.
The Pearl is Qatar’s first international freehold real estate venture and when finished will create over 30 km of new coastline. Qatar Dredging is carrying out the reclamation work and revetements for shore protection, and quay walls.
While environmental concerns are often pushed to one side in the race to keep up with the region’s property boom, the Pearl developers have taken steps to ensure their project has a minimal ecological impact.
The project has gone through a very comprehensive process with the Qatari government to ensure the bathometrics [quality of the water] are maintained.
Unlike some of the current offshore projects, which are likely to need dredging at regular intervals even after completion, the Pearl-Qatar will only require a one-off dredging process.
The developer says the reason for this is that the nature of the geometry is different in terms of how the water flows.
There won’t be any significant alluvial material coming through which will disrupt the water flow.
Qatar is a country aspiring to great things. Recently named the most competitive Arab economy by The World Economic Forum, it is experiencing unparalleled growth. The Qatari government is forging ahead with its plans to boost tourism and infrastructure within the country and next year it will host the Asian Games — second only to the Olympics in terms of size.
The one project that defines the development zeitgeist in the country is the Pearl-Qatar.||**||