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The Pearl-Qatar

اللؤلؤة قطر
Satellite image of The Pearl-Qatar
Satellite image of The Pearl-Qatar
The Pearl-Qatar is located in Doha
The Pearl-Qatar
The Pearl-Qatar
The Pearl-Qatar
Coordinates: 25°22′7″N 51°33′7″E / 25.36861°N 51.55194°E / 25.36861; 51.55194Coordinates: 25°22′7″N 51°33′7″E / 25.36861°N 51.55194°E / 25.36861; 51.55194
CountryQatar
MunicipalityDoha
Area
 • Total4 km2 (2 sq mi)
Population
 (2015)
 • Total12,000
 • Density3,000/km2 (7,800/sq mi)
The Pearl Qatar, when completed.

The Pearl-Qatar (Arabic: اللؤلؤة قطر‎) in Doha, Qatar, is an artificial island spanning nearly four square kilometers. It is the first land in Qatar to be available for freehold ownership by foreign nationals.[1] As of January 2015, there are 12,000 residents.[2]

Once fully completed, The Pearl will create over 32 kilometers of new coastline, for use as a residential estate with an expected 18,831 dwellings and 45,000 residents by 2018.[2] Developed by United Development Company and planned by architecture and design firm Callison, the island is located 350 meters offshore of Doha's West Bay Lagoon area.

In 2004, when the project was first revealed, the initial cost of constructing the island stood at $2.5 billion.[3] It is now believed the project will cost $15 billion upon completion.[4][5]

Etymology[edit]

The name "The Pearl" was chosen because the island is being built on one of Qatar's previous major pearl diving sites. Qatar was one of the major pearl traders of Asia before the Japanese introduced cheaper more affordable pearls just before Qatar's oil boom. The Pearl-Qatar helps to represent Qatar's rich past in the pearl industry. Now completed, The Pearl is said to resemble a string of pearls.

Districts[edit]

The Pearl is divided into 12 districts (also referred to as precincts), each of which has a distinct architectural style.[6] The districts are:

  • Abraj Quartier, sometimes referred to as "The Pearl Gateway Towers", comprises mainly office and commercial space. It accommodates the two tallest towers in The Pearl.[7]
  • Beach Villas, as its name implies, is a residential district containing large seafront villas. The architecture is modeled after French, Italian and Spanish designs.[8]
  • Costa Malaz is home to many seaside villas fashioned after buildings found on tropical islands. There is an islet in the center of Costa Malaz which hosts the Marsa Malaz Kempinski hotel.[9]
  • Floresta Gardens is a small community planned in the shape of the Colosseum in Rome with a large clubhouse being the center piece.[10]
  • Giardino Village is a gated residential community with houses ranging from 558 to 1,168 square meters. Several leisure and sports attractions are located in this district.[11]
  • Isola Dana is a chain of islets separated from the main chain. These islets are planned to host large mansions in the future.[12]
  • La Plage South consists of several circular arrangements of high-rise apartment buildings.[13]
  • Medina Centrale is primarily a retail district, showcasing up to 600,000 square feet of retail space. There are also 538 Mediterranean-style residential units here.[14]
  • Perlita Gardens is characterized by its green spaces and man-made lakes. It is a gated community located south of Medina Centrale.[15]
  • Porto Arabia accommodates the primary harbor of The Pearl. A 2.5 km seafront promenade named La Croisette is found here, as well as many townhouses and restaurants.[16]
  • Qanat Quartier is modeled after the Italian city of Venice; its buildings incorporate Venetian architectural elements and several canals run through the city. A marina with 117 berths is located here.[17]
  • Viva Bahriya has luxury villas inspired by Moroccan architecture. Also in this district is a marina with 103 berths and 28 Moroccan-style towers.[18]

Residential development[edit]

Residential development on the island is intended to incorporate various national and international themes, including aspects of Arabic, Mediterranean, and European culture. There are twelve precincts that make up The Pearl-Qatar Island.

Porto Arabia Towers[edit]

Total number of towers will be 31 with a total of 4,700 apartments.[19] The address format is Unit 1234, 1 Porto Arabia. Some references use PA‑1 for convenience.

Welcome sign to Porto Arabia
Tower Number Parcel Tower Name Developer Status
1 1[20] One UDC Complete
2 2A Two / Fardhan[21] UDC Complete
3 2B UDC Complete
4 3A California UDC Complete
5 3B Florida UDC Complete
6 4 UDC[22] Complete Summer 2009
7 5 UDC[23] Complete
8, 9, 10 6A,C,D Sabban Sabban[24] Complete
11 7A United[25] UDC Complete
12 7B UDC Under construction. Structure complete.
13 8A The Land[23][26] Complete
14 8B Tuscan The Land[23][26] Complete January 2011
15 9A Monaco The Land[23][26] Complete
16[27] 9B Tuscan / VIP[28] The Land[23][26] Complete September 2010
17 10A Monaco The Land[26] In construction. Outside almost complete.
18 10B Tuscan The Land[26] Complete
19 11A La Riviera First Qatar[29] Complete
20 11B Monaco The Land[26] Complete
21 12 Bare concrete structure complete.
22 13A UDC[30] Concrete structure almost complete (Feb 2013).
23 13B UDC Concrete structure almost complete (Feb 2013).
24 14A Denata / Denat Qatar Capital Investment / Asteco[31][32] Complete
25 14B[33] H.H.Shk.Srour Bui Mohamed Al Nahyan, Mr. Ali Ibrah Complete
26 15A[33] H.H.Shk.Srour Bui Mohamed Al Nahyan, Mr. Ali Ibrah Complete
27 15B The Land[34] Complete
28 16A Jumana Salam Bounain[35] Complete
29 16B 29 Complete
30 17 Burj Elegante Complete July 2012.[36]
31 18 31 UDC[23] Complete

Viva Bahriya Towers[edit]

There will be 29 towers total. The address format is Unit 1234, 1 Viva Bahriya, with VB‑1 being the shorter, convenient version.

Tower Number Tower Name Developer Status
1
2
3[37] Imperial Ruby Durrat Al Doha / QIB[38] In construction
4[37] Imperial Diamond Durrat Al Doha / QIB[38] In construction
5[37] Casablanca Durrat Al Doha / QIB[38] Complete January 2018
6[39] Imperial Opal Durrat Al Doha / QIB[38] In construction
7[39] In construction
10 Bilal Pearl Suites AHB[40] Complete December 2011[41]
11 Imperial UDC[34]
12[42] The Land
13 The Land
14 The Land
15 The Land
16 The Land
17 Imperial UDC[34]
18 Asteco[43] Complete Autumn 2011
19 Crystal[44]
20 Turquoise[45]
21[46] Imperial Emerald Durrat Al Doha[38] In construction
22 VB22 Qatar Coral[47] In construction. Expected June 2013.
23 VB23 Qatar Coral[47] In construction. Expected June 2013.
26 UDC In construction
27 UDC Complete
28 UDC[48] In construction
29 Costa del Sol UDC[49] Complete May 2011[50]

Qanat Quartier[edit]

Far view of Qanat Quartier
Bridge in Qanat Quartier

The Pearl Qatar's "Venice-like community" has an extensive canal system, pedestrian-friendly squares and plazas and beachfront townhouses. The first residents started to live in Qanat Quartier in 2012.[51] When complete there will be:[52]

  • 977 residential apartments in 31 buildings
  • 188 townhouses
  • 15 bridges, including a replica of Venice's Rialto Bridge
  • 200 retail units
  • 320,000 square feet of retail space
  • 1,135 parking spaces for cars
  • 200 moorings in the marina[53]
  • Kempinski Resort and Spa

Designed by Serendipity By Design LLC a Master Planning, Architecture and Interior Design consultancy based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Abraj Quartier[edit]

This precinct is located by the entrance of The Pearl Qatar, and will have 7 towers[54] including the tallest buildings planned for the development, at 40 storeys high.[55]

Tower Number Tower Name Developer Status
1 AQ01 UDC Under construction as of 2017
2 AQ02 UDC Under construction as of 2017

Commercial attractions[edit]

The Pearl Lagoon

There will be more than 13 islands when construction is completed. The largest of the islands will feature a range of luxury villas, apartments, three five-star hotels and over two million square meters of international retail, restaurants, cafes, and entertainment facilities. Eight other private islands will be for sale to private owners with the opportunity to build upon them whatever they wish.

The Central Authority Directorate (TCAD), which provides services like property registration and residency permits, opened on 3 December 2011.[56]

Restaurants[edit]

The Pearl-Qatar is home to a wide selection of dining outlets covering the full range of cuisines from South American to French/Lebanese through to casual options such as Alison Nelson's Coffee Bar. Time Out Doha Awards 2012: Midori, the Japanese restaurant in Porto Arabia, took out Best Newcomer in the awards. Pampano, also operated by Hospitality Development Company (HDC), a fully owned subsidiary of United Development Company (UDC), the master developer of The Pearl-Qatar, received the "Highly Commended" certificate in the Best South American category.[57]

Porto Arabia Restaurants:[58]

Restaurant Name Cuisine Location Status
Al Tabkha Palestinian/Lebanese 18 La Croisette Opened February 2013
Anima Gallery & Lounge International 30 La Croisette Open
BiCE Ristorante Italian 1 La Croisette Open
Burj Al Hamam Palestinian/Lebanese[59] 1 La Croisette Open (Feb 2013)
Carluccio's[60] Italian 18 La Croisette[61] Open (Feb 2013)
Dalloyau French, Tea Room 6 La Croisette Open
Elevation Burger American 3 La Croisette Opened in November 2012[62][63]
Just Burger American 19 La Croisette Opened in January 2013[64]
Le Relais de l'Entrecôte French 1 La Croisette
Les Deux Magots French Closed in 2012 following the alcohol ban.
Liza Lebanese 4 La Croisette Open
Maze by Gordon Ramsay Contemporary French Closed June 2012 (due to the alcohol ban introduced in December 2011).[65]
Wafi Gourmet Lebanese 18 La Croisette Opening soon
Zaatar w Zeit Lebanese Opening soon
Shakespeare English Open
Nando's South African Medina Centrale Open
Megu[66] Japanese 6 La Croisette Open
Junko Japanese 12 La Croisette Closed due to health related issues[67]
The Noodle House Asian: Thai, Malaysian 10 La Croisette Open
Isla Mexican, Latin 1 La Croisette Open
Patagonia Argentinian, Steak 31 La Croisette Opened April 2013[68]
Quisine by Guy Savoy[69] Fine Dining 6 La Croisette Opened in November 2012[70]
Royal Tandoor Indian[71] 20 La Croisette Opened November 2012[72]
Sormani Italian with French influence 1 La Croisette Open
Tse Yang Chinese 6 La Croisette Open (Feb 2013)
Lokum Istanbul Turkish Open

The Pearl Qatar is also home to a number of cafés, lounges, bakeries and confectioneries:

Name Description Location Status
Armani Caffe Café 7 La Croisette Open
Bread Basket Bakery, Pastry, Deli 1 La Croisette Open
Caffè Vergnano 1882[73] Café 10 La Croisette Open
Cake and Bake Cake shop 13 La Croisette Open
Caribou Coffee Café 12 La Croisette Opened January 2013[74]
Chocolate Bar (Alison Nelson) Café 1 La Croisette Open
Coffee Time Café Boardwalk
Columbiano
Costa Coffee Café 16 La Croisette Open
Foshy Berry Frozen Yoghurt 12 La Croisette
The Frozen Yogurt Factory Frozen Yoghurt 18 La Croisette Open
Gold Gourmet Chocolate store 1 La Croisette
Haagen Dazs Ice cream 6 La Croisette Open
La Crêperie Pain de France Crêpes 7 La Croisette
Lemon Grass Café 10 La Croisette Open
Marble Slab Creamery Ice cream 12 La Croisette Open
Second Cup Café 4 La Croisette Open
Stickhouse Ice cream 16 La Croisette Open

Retail[edit]

The island is home to many renowned luxury brands:

Car showrooms[edit]

Real estate The Pearl Gates, 50003755

Services[edit]

  • Commercial Bank, 1 La Croisette and 14 La Croisette
  • Regency Travel and Tours, 10 La Croisette
  • Ronautica Harbour Master's Office, Boat rental, 1 La Croisette
  • Vodafone, 14 La Croisette

Other[edit]

  • District cooling plant
  • Spinneys, Supermarket, 14 La Croisette
  • Goodlife Chemist, 1 La Croisette
  • GYMMITO Fitness Club, Qanat Quartier 5
  • Brava Studio - A Performing Arts Studio , Tower 22 Porto Arabia

Beach resorts[edit]

Nikki Beach Resort and Spa was to be located at the end of Porto Arabia. The original completion date was scheduled for July 2012, but construction was stopped due to an alcohol ban. As of 2017 no progress had been made. Taliamare Beach Club is at the Qanat Quartier beach. It opened in 2017.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

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