New Photos Surface for ‘The Pearl’ Island-City in Qatar

New Photos Surface for ‘The Pearl’ Island-City in Qatar

The dream island master-plan that was unveiled in February 2008 is starting to shine out as a reality off the coast of Doha, Qatar. The Pearl, designed by Callison architecture firm, is the new island-city that covers nearly 1,000 acres in the Arabian Gulf near the Qatari capital, a multi-billion-dollar venture that will house some 30,000 people within the next few years.  It is the rare architectural project that requires two three-ton trucks to deliver plans.

The island is developed by United Development Company (UDC), as Qatar’s biggest real estate project, the country’s economy is booming; investor interest was so strong during the master-planning phase that the project’s scope nearly tripled during that time. It comprises 10 elite districts including beachfront villas, elegant townhouses, luxury apartments, five-star hotels, marinas, retail and restaurant offerings. Built on a former pearl diving site, its name pays tribute to its strong historical and cultural ties to the sea.

The island has a mix of architectural styles within it, from the local Qatari to Scandinavian-style houses, along with the feel of the Venice water canals, the design approach of creating an organic blend between land and water really defines The Pearl.

These are new photos for the current status of The Pearl Island: 

[via designboom, Callison] [Courtesy of Ahmed Morgan – Architect, Cairo]

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  • Uttoran Sen @ Travel Tamed

    The amazing thing about creating such an island estate from scratch is that anything that you wish can be made, for example the Venice like canals you mention are looking so good in the pictures. One does not have to compromise on anything and all features and facilities can be applied.

    It is good to see the booming real estate of Qatar, one truly feels that owning a part of that space is the best real estate investment one can make.

  • Jenny Sophy

    It has been a wonderful article and Qatar is one of those cities where you can see the most beautiful building structures.

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