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21 July 2019 10:32 am

UDC signs three agreements for constructing major projects at The Pearl-Qatar

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United Development Company (UDC), a leading Qatari public shareholding company and the master developer of The Pearl-Qatar and Gewan Islands, has signed three agreements pertaining to major projects at The Pearl-Qatar.

The first agreement has been signed with Orbital Education, a leading British educational group, to operate 'United School International', whilst the second agreement has been signed to award Al Darwish Engineering Company the contract of the construction works for 'United School International'. The third agreement has been signed to award Ramaco Trading and Contracting Company to undertake the design and construction works for three gated compounds in the Floresta Gardens Precinct.

In this context, Ibrahim Jassim Al Othman, UDC President and Chief Executive Officer and Member of The Board, highlighted that the total investment value in these projects amounts to approximately QR 1.2 billion.

Awarding 'Orbital Education' the contract to operate 'United School International'.

Ibrahim Jassim Al Othman, UDC President and Chief Executive Officer and Member of The Board, Kevin McNeany, Chairman of 'Orbital Education' co-signed the agreement during a ceremony held at the Oyster Building at The Pearl-Qatar, in the presence of His Excellency (H.E.) Ajay Sharma, the British Ambassador to the State of Qatar. The ceremony brought together representatives from all parties.

'United School International' will be the second school in the Qatar to be managed by 'Orbital Education', currently the owner and operator of a growing group of international schools across the globe, such as in Hungary, Slovenia, Spain, Russia, China and Ecuador.

These schools cater for students between the ages of 2 and 18 years and specialises in delivering the British Curriculum, to meet the needs of an internationally diverse student population.

Founded in 2005 and headquartered in United Kingdom, 'Orbital Education' is the recipient of several international awards, including the 2019 Queens Award for Enterprise, where 'Orbital Education' was one of a select group of educational institutions chosen to receive the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise and has been recognised for its excellence and innovation in international education sector.

Commenting on this achievement, H.E Ajay Sharma, the British Ambassador to the State of Qatar, said: "I am delighted to congratulate UDC and Orbital Education on this great education collaboration. I am pleased that the British Embassy and the Department of International Trade in Qatar have supported the School to achieve this excellent outcome. Qatar National Vision 2030 concentrates on building a world-class education system and this is what we are committed to deliver. This is a sector which I firmly believe offers the UK and Qatar many exciting opportunities. Education co-operation will strengthen the important relationship between our two countries for generations to come".

Ibrahim Jassim Al Othman, UDC President and Chief Executive Officer and Member of The Board, said: "The designation of Orbital Education as the operator of 'United School International' reflects UDC's commitment to offering the very best educational services and internationally recognised certificates. Through our offerings to serve the educational needs of The Pearl-Qatar's community and neighborhoods, we aim to cement the Islands position as an attractive destination for families and business professionals alike".

Kevin McNeany, Chairman of 'Orbital Education' emphasised the importance of the venture, by saying: "Orbital Education is proud to partner with UDC in the foundation of this world class school and to expand its successful presence in Qatar with the addition of this stunning new school to its global portfolio".

Al Darwish Engineering Company has been awarded the contract for the construction works for 'United School International', Dr. Fahd Bakour, Executive Director of "Al Darwish Engineering Company" co-signed the agreement during a ceremony held at the Oyster Building at The Pearl-Qatar.

Dr. Fahad Bakour, Executive Director of Al Darwish Engineering Company said: "On behalf of Al Darwish Engineering Company, we would like to thank UDC for selecting us as a leading national contracting company to implement the construction works of 'United School International' at The Pearl-Qatar.

Al Darwish Engineering Company has, since its establishment in 1950, been a leading contracting company and a key contributor to the construction sector, with prestigious landmark projects in Qatar. Being a Grade A classified contracting company in all trades of building, civil engineering, roads and infrastructure, the Company proudly selects a highly-qualified team with the right expertise in supply chain management and construction techniques.

Ramaco Trading and Contracting Company has also been awarded a contract for the contract for design and construction of three gated compounds in Floresta Gardens Precinct, Fahad Yaqoub Al Jaidah, Chairman of Ramaco Trading and Contracting Company co-signed the agreement during a ceremony held at the Oyster Building at The Pearl-Qatar.

Fahad Yaqoub Al Jaidah, Chairman of Ramaco Trading and Contracting Company stated: "Our company is very proud to receive the award for the design and construction of this prestigious project at The Pearl-Qatar. This is an accolade which crowns our continual involvement in the real estate development in the State of Qatar and opens the way for us to contribute to the development of The Pearl-Qatar.

"We will invest our long experience in the design, engineering and construction fields to finalise this prestigious project according to the contract requirements and we will strive to fulfil UDCs expectations pertaining to this prestigious project". he added .

Ramaco Trading and Contracting Company, which was established in 2001, is operating as a 'Grade A' construction company in the State of Qatar and is specialised in design, engineering, construction and property management sectors.

The Company has established an integrated management system based on the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 and in recognition, the Company has received accolades and certificate from the British Standards Institution (BSI).

It is worth mentioning that the development of 'United School International' and 3 gated compounds in Floresta Gardens Precinct is part of UDC's plans to expand its offerings across The Pearl-Qatar, which is home to around 32,000 residents, a community that is growing rapidly.

The three-floor school will adopt the British educational curriculum and will accommodate 2,500 students with 102 classrooms; 11 classrooms will accommodate early years while 91 classrooms will cater for primary and secondary school students.

As for Floresta Gardens three gated compounds, each compound will consist of standalone and semi-attached villas with access to facilities that include a club house, swimming pools and green spaces among other amenities. Residents of the gated compounds will also enjoy access to a retail centre that serves Floresta Gardens Precinct.

Located in the south of Floresta Gardens, the first compound will comprise eight standalone villas, each consisting of a swimming pool and built up area of 500 sqm, along with 40 semi-attached villas, each comprising a built-up area of 420 sqm and a swimming pool, in addition to a 500 sqm club house.

Situated north of the first compound, the second compound will consist of 11 standalone villas featuring a swimming pool and a 500 sqm built up area along with 24 semi-attached villas, each consisting of a built-up area of 420 sqm, in addition to a 500 sqm club house.

The third and last compound, located north of the second compound, will be home to six 500 sqm standalone villas featuring swimming pools and 25 row villas each consisting of a built-up area of 380 sqm, in addition to a 500 sqm club house.

UDC, the master developer of The Pearl-Qatar and Gewan Islands, is a leading Qatari public shareholding company with a mission to identify and invest in long-term projects contributing to Qatar's growth and providing good shareholder value.

UDC activities cover a multitude of vital investment sectors including real estate development, property management, infrastructure and utilities, maritime, and hospitality related businesses.

Source: QNA
Cover image credit: QNA Photo