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: