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A new three-story mall at the very southern tip of the Pearl-Qatar will open near the end of next year, the island’s developer has announced.

United Development Co. (UDC) revealed plans for 04 Mall last week after signing on the Al Mana Group as the operator.

In a statement, UDC President Ibrahim Jassim al-Othman said the mall is aimed at residents of the Pearl and nearby West Bay area.

It should help boost the Pearl’s “position as the retail shopping destination of choice in the country,” he added.

Map of the Pearl

However, the mall will have plenty of competition, as some nine other shopping centers are opening in Qatar in the next two years.

At least a couple of those are also being operated by Al Mana.

They include the upcoming Al Mirqab Mall in Al Mirqab Al Jadeed and the yet-to-open Doha Mall in Abu Hamour.

Mall details

The new 04 Mall is expected to open in the third quarter of 2018. It will have three department stores, a supermarket, a five-screen cinema and a gym, Al Mana said.

There will also be restaurants, cafes, family-friendly entertainment and other features.

The Pearl already has one shopping center, Souq Al Medina, in the bustling Medina Centrale district.

Its new mall will be located in La Plage South, an under-development area that is past Viva Bahriya at the southern tip of the island.

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La Plage South rendering

According to the Pearl’s website, the neighborhood will boast “resort-like luxury living,” with 700 sea-facing apartments located on the beach.

In a statement, UDC added that the area will have parks and swimming pools as well.

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Rendering of Giardino Villas district on the Pearl Qatar

United Development Co. (UDC) is finalizing contracts to construct a large hospital and international school at its flagship property, the Pearl-Qatar.

According to the Qatar Tribune, which spoke to UDC’s CEO yesterday, the deals will be signed within the next two months.

“We have shortlisted the companies and the final names will be announced soon. Big hospital and school brands are expected to be involved in these projects,” Ibrahim Jassim Al Othman reportedly said.

He made the comments on the sidelines of the company’s Annual General Assembly meeting yesterday.

Giardino Villages

The Pearl began asking investors to submit proposals for a school and nursery last year.

At the time, it said that an 83,746 square meter site in the under-construction Giardino Villas precinct has already been earmarked for the development.

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Rendering of villas at Giardino Village, The Pearl-Qatar

Officials have also previously said that an upcoming hospital will be located in this district.

Plans for this part of the Pearl include detached “luxury” villas, set in gated communities.

They are to be surrounded by gardens and landscaping, and will have clubhouses and sports facilities on site.

The addition of both a hospital and school are likely to be well received by residents, because it can be difficult to get off the island during peak traffic hours.

Pearl development

The Pearl is being built in stages and by 2018, is expected to have nearly 19,000 villas, apartments, chalets and townhouses.

As of 2014, only a fraction of these were occupied.

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Photo of Qanat Quartier for illustrative purposes only.

But according to al Othman, the population of the Pearl grew from 19,000 in 2015 to 24,000 last year.

This was in large part thanks to high demand for properties in Medina Centrale and Qanat Quartier.

“We are targeting two new areas, Viva Bahriya and Giardino Village, to be the company’s focus in the coming year as both these areas have calm atmosphere suitable for families,” he added, according to the Tribune.

Once it is fully developed, the Pearl could be home to up to 60,000 residents.

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Souq Al Medina

Let’s Popcorn, Turkish restaurant Hasan Kolcuoglu and Al Jazeera Perfumes are among a half dozen retailers to open their doors at a new indoor shopping complex at the Pearl-Qatar.

Souq Al Medina, located in Medina Central, has been open to the public during special events this year, including Eid and Garangao.

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But no businesses were operating there until recently.

In the coming months, the complex is expected to add coffee shops, restaurants, fashion and accessory stores and a Queens Medical Center in the coming months, island developer UDC said a statement.

The district of Medina Centrale is now home to more than 74 outlets.

Because it is often bustling with foot traffic, officials have begun closing the area off to cars on winter weekends.

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