Barwa Al Khor Beach Development

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Qatar-based real estate developer, Barwa Al Khor, will invite bids for the first phase of its US $6.8 billion (QR25 billion) Al Khor project in October this year.

Al Khor, which is on the north east coast of Qatar, is one of several major projects being developed by the company.

Barwa Al Khor was set up by Barwa Real Estate Development Company to undertake the project, which covers an area of 5.5 million m2.

The first tender will include fencing the project land and the construction of an on-site office, measuring 2,500m2.

Speaking to Construction Week, Youssef Ahmed Al Hammadi, CEO, Barwa Al Khor, said: "We will also invite bids for the grading and back-filling of the first phase of the Al Khor project in October. It's a huge job that will consist of 9 million m3 of landfill. The timeline we've set for its completion is about eight months."

Al Hammadi added that following the grading works, the infrastructure package will then be put to tender, either through a prequalified list of international contractors or an open bidding process for all contractors - local and international.

Phase one is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2011.

The Al Khor project will be a complete city development, including more than 17,000 housing units, consisting of seafront chalets as well as villas and apartments with sea views. The development will house 63,000 inhabitants and create a number of commercial businesses including shopping malls, leisure facilities, open gardens and tourist attractions such as a seashore running the full length of the project, featuring luxury hotels and a golf course.

Barwa Real Estate Development Company is also behind the Ur Street mixed-use project in Doha.

Here's a snap of the development board being put up

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