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Qatar-backed Shard Tower to be unveiled on July 5

Qatari prime minister, UK’s Prince Andrew will jointly inaugurate new London skyscraper

Qatar-backed Shard Tower to be unveiled on July 5
A boat moves along the River Thames against the backdrop of the Shard tower in London, UK

London’s Shard Tower, which was 95 percent funded by Qatar and is the tallest building in Western Europe, will be officially inaugurated on July 5 by the Qatari prime minister and the UK’s Prince Andrew.

The 310 metre tall Shard Tower, which was 95 percent funded by Qatar, is located on the South Bank of the Thames and will consist of London’s highest public viewing gallery, offering 360° views of the English capital.

Its official inauguration ceremony on July 5 will be performed by Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, prime minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar and Prince Andrew Albert Edward, the Duke of York.

Other Middle East VIPs expected to attend include Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saoud Al Thani, governor of Qatar Central Bank and chairman of the board of directors of the Shard Funding Limited.

The opening coincides with Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and is just a few weeks prior to the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics that will be held in London during this summer.

“This towering endeavor embodies our vision to create an alternative investment to oil. And today, I'm proud to say that we are at the final stages of inaugurating The Shard, London's newest iconic landmark,” said Ali Shareef Al Emadi, QNB Group CEO and Board Member of the Shard Funding Limited

The tower will consist of residential apartments, offices, signature restaurants and the five-star Shangri-La hotel. And will be the tallest building in Western Europe when it is official opened.

It is estimated that more than one million visitors a year will visit the tower.

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