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Qatar restarts 112-storey tower after two-year delay

Lusail Real Estate invites firms to tender for construction of Doha Convention Centre

Qatar restarts 112-storey tower after two-year delay

Qatar is to restart work on the 112-storey Doha Convention Centre Tower (DCCT) two years after it was initially launched.

The project, managed and developed by Lusail Real Estate Development Company (LREDC) on behalf of owner Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, has invited firms to tender for the construction of the project, with December 11 set as the deadline for bids.

DCCT consists of a 122-storey building with an approximate gross built up area of 219,000 sqm above ground and 110,000 sqm below ground gross built up area for parking facilities.

Bidders require experience in high-rise (50 storeys and above) building projects of similar capacity and complexity with average annual turnover for the last five years of over US$549m, Arabian Business’s sister website Construction Week reported.

Master developer LREDC in September announced it had completed infrastructure on the first phase of its flagship development Lusail City and has begun handover of plots to investors.

LREDC said the 1.8m sqm Marina District would be the first of 19 districts at the 38 sqkm Lusail City development.

Marina District will be home to an estimated population of 30,000 residents and 50,000 workers and will be serviced by a light-rail transit network that will connect to the rest of Lusail city and underground stations.

When fully complete it will include waterfront residential units, mixed-use, commercial, and hotel spaces with large open areas leading to the waterfront promenades.

Lusail City, which will have 200,000 residents and capacity to accommodate twice that many people, is scheduled to be completed by 2019.

The city will include man-made islands, an entertainment district, an office park for energy companies, a golf course and five stadiums.

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