Conceived in 2004 but beset by delays and not expected to be completed until 2020, the construction of Lusail City has reached a new milestone.
The Lusail City Real Estate Development Company (LREDC) has announced that it’s handing over the city’s Marina District to investors for construction, after the completion of infrastructure on the site.
The Marina District is one of 19 separate districts eventually planned for Lusail, reportedly the largest single real estate project in Qatar.
The district is spread over 1.8 million square metres and is expected to house over 30,000 residents of Lusail’s eventual capacity of 200,000 residents when finished.
In July, LREDC announced that they expect Lusail’s first tenants to move in by the end of next year.
This is significantly later than early estimates, with the Gulf Times reporting in 2009 that the first phase of Lusail was expected to be completed by 2011.
The Gulf Times also reported in November 2010 that parts of the Marina District were expected to be open to the public by the end of 2011.
LREDC is now focusing on delivering the Fox Hills residential district.
This latest news will be a relief to investors, who’ve had a long wait to see a return.
Some 80 percent of Lusail City’s total area was sold to developers by the end of 2009.
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