Work in progress: site tour of Doha's The Pearl Qatar

Now into its seventh year of construction, The Pearl Qatar is a $10bn island development north of Doha
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The Pearl Qatar is now into its seventh year of construction, and is not only the first artificial island development in the country, but could arguably be the boldest such development in the Gulf. (Image Courtesy of www.constructionweekonlline.com)
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The Pearl Qatar (centre) is a $10bn island development just north of the Qatari capital of Doha (left)
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The project is divided into major sub-developments, with different emphases across retail commercial and residential, all at very different stages of construction. This is Qanat Quartier, a Venetian-style, self-contained district with canals and bridges running underneath townhouses and apartments
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The most developed region is the first of two horseshoe-shaped marinas, the Porto Arabia, which can host up to 800 boats
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A $10bn development overseen by the publicly-listed United Development Company, the project is a statement of intent for the country’s expected population growth and the complementary demand for new living choices, hotels, shops, restaurants and office space
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UDC is directly developing some parts of the project and co-ordinates with the 24 local, regional and international developers that have been handed the designs of the other buildings and districts
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The Medina Centrale area's canals will make the most of the Pearl Qatar's ocean locale
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Construction is still in full swing at the Pearl
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Construction is still in full swing at the Pearl
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Construction is still in full swing at the Pearl
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Construction is still in full swing at the Pearl
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The Medina Centrale's bright colour schemes and ornate street design is intended to reflect a European flavour
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Construction is still in full swing at the Pearl
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Construction is still in full swing at the Pearl
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Construction is still in full swing at the Pearl
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Construction is still in full swing at the Pearl
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Construction is still in full swing at the Pearl