Work on the Barwa Village near Al Wakrah is 75% complete. Located between Doha and Al Wakrah, the QR1.5bn project over 400,000sqm (built-up area 186,000sqm) is running “right on schedule”, a senior Barwa official told Gulf Times yesterday.
“As we speak, the project is moving forward with no hitches. About 75% of the project is now complete. The handover will be made in the first quarter of 2010 as originally committed,” Barwa Village project manager Engineer Khalid Abdullah al-Hitmi yesterday said.
Barwa Village was launched in November with the promise of units handover in a record 15 months.
The mixed-use commercial-cum-residential development has evoked a lot of interest among Doha residents with thousands eyeing a spot in the integrated neighbourhood.
Businesses and tenants affected by the ongoing Mohammed Bin Jassim Area (Musheireb) demolition will be relocated to Barwa Village on a priority basis.
“The registration for Musheireb residents started a month ago and we have received a good response,” al-Hitmi said while answering queries on whether the distance from Doha had deterred prospective residents.
The mega project will be located 10km south of Doha International Airport, and a 20-minute drive from the centre of Doha.
The majority of Musheireb residents are looking forward to becoming a part of a community that, in addition to being a home, offers a host of amenities including a 6,000sqm international school accommodating 900 students, a two-storey 270sqm nursery, a neighbourhood park, public plazas, playground areas, a two-storey 800sqm mosque and a shopping plaza incorporating a hypermarket.
“My reasons are twofold. Moving to Barwa Village will address my constant fear of being kicked out by my current landlord on a whim, and the security of a fixed rent,” a Musheireb resident who has already been selected for a studio apartment, said.
In addition to 918 retail shops, the complex consists of 18 low-level residential blocks that provide a mix of apartment lifestyle options: 96 studios, 262 one-bedroom and 100 two-bedroom apartments.
The prospective residents were selected after the second phase of registration for Barwa Village began on July 5. It remains open to all residents of Musheireb and will continue until July 29.
The first phase of registration was exclusively dedicated to shops and residents from areas covered by phase one (A1 & B1) of Musheireb.
The Musheireb area is being cleared for the Heart of Doha project by Dohaland, a subsidiary of the Qatar Foundation.
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