The First Towers Rise on The Pearl-Qatar

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Porto Arabia construction underway on Callison-designed island development.

The Pearl-Qatar, a $2.5 billion, island-city in the Arabian Gulf near Doha, Qatar is taking shape with construction progressing rapidly on 31 residential towers. Completion is scheduled for December, 2008.

Callison planned and designed the entire island development, which is expected to support more than 40,000 residents and covers nearly 1,000 acres. The first phase, Porto Arabia, includes 31, 20-story towers, as well as a million square feet of retail and office space, a Four Seasons Hotel and a 400-berth marina. The island is linked to Qatar’s west coast via a short causeway.

The Pearl-Qatar is Qatar’s first international real estate venture, the largest real estate development in the country and the first to offer freehold and residential rights to international investors. It is being developed by United Development Company (UDC), Qatar`s largest private sector shareholding company, which is listed on the Doha Securities Market.

Callison, the number one retail design firm in the world (World Architecture, 2003-2007), plans and designs retail, hospitality, mixed-use, residential, corporate and healthcare projects worldwide. With offices in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Shanghai, London and Mexico City, Callison is one of the largest architectural design firms based in the United States with 750 professional staff. Clients include Nordstrom, Microsoft, AT&T, Harrods, FedEx, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Boeing, HP, Intrawest, Nike, Guess, Franciscan Health System, Seibu Department Stores of Japan, and General Growth Properties.

Vanessa Gallant, Communications Mgr.
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