A peek into Cityscape Qatar 2013
Today is the second day of Cityscape Qatar 2013, the country’s largest real estate exhibition. There are nearly 100 exhibitors showcasing a wide range of projects and developments from countries such as Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Portugal, Turkey, UAE, UK and Qatar.
JustHere takes a look at some of the promising projects that were showcased.
- Mall of Qatar
The newest entrant to Qatar’s mall scene – the Mall of Qatar is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015. Spread over an area of four million sq ft, the mall upon completion will feature over 400 stores, a major hypermarket, five department stores and 20 international restaurants. The mall is located at the intersection of Al Rayyan Highway and Celebration Road, adjacent to the Al Rayyan Sports Club and a future FIFA 2022 World Cup Stadium that will be built in the same vicinity. Read JustHere’s earlier report about the mall.
- Oryx Island
Barwa Real Estate is building a $5.5 billion (QR20 billion) island off the coast of Doha, near the Lusail City, and opposite the existing Safliya Island. As the name suggests, the Oryx Island is being built in the shape of the oryx and will feature luxury villas, a water park, five floating hotels on cruise ships and a Marine College dedicated to ocean education. Click here to watch the video.
According to the developers, the island’s floating hotels will be able to accommodate as many as 25,000 soccer fans who would be flying down to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022. The island covers an area of two million sq m with 1.7 million sq m as built area. The project is scheduled to complete within the next seven years. Read more about the island here.
Another project under Barwa Real Estate, Dara is a new residential development in the Lusail City. Spanning an area of 176,000 sq mt, it features 53 buildings, 1000 apartments including duplex penthouses and is split into two zones: Zone 1 is residential, while Zone 2 is a mix of commercial and residential areas. The project also features restaurants, luxurious hotels, shopping outlets, day care center, mosques and schools. And for soccer fans, the best part is that the soon-to-be-completed Lusail Stadium is just a short walk away.
Dara is scheduled to complete within the next four years.
- Abu Sidra City
The Abu Sidra mixed use development project carried out by Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) will turn the existing low density housing area along the road to Abu Samra into one of the city’s vibrant sub-centres. The aim is to create a sustainable mixed-use town center, and a diversity of residential areas supported by the vehicular and pedestrian network. The project is being carried out in phases. Works for Phase 1 has already begun and is expected to complete by 2015. This includes a hospital and the supporting facilities. The only thing ready on site at this moment is a residential area housing staff from Crowne Plaza.
- West End Park
The West End Park located in Mesaimeer has been specially constructed to cater to the needs of low-income workers. The multi-purpose project will provide 80,000 affordable residential units for workers. It will also be home to one of the largest open-air amphitheatre in the Middle east with 14,500 seating capacity and Qatar’s first international cricket stadium with 13,000 seating capacity.
The project’s facilities are actually open to all residents, which also include a shopping mall, four cinemas, kids theme park, restaurants and hypermarket. According to project manager, Century 21 Qatar, the West End Park will have a soft opening this September. Read more about West End Park here.
The Cityscape Exhibition 2013 is running until tomorrow from 11am to 9pm. Visit their website for more details.