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Rendering of villas at Giardino Village, The Pearl-Qatar

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Rendering of villas at Giardino Village, The Pearl-Qatar

Updated with additional information on the Giardino Village works

Construction on a new residential district that contains the Pearl-Qatar’s first school and hospital is expected to begin shortly, island developer UDC has said.

This week, it signed a contract with Indian contractor Navayuga Engineering Co. to undertake infrastructure works for Giardino Village, near Qanat Quartier.

The agreement was one of three contracts worth QR716 million UDC said it signed this week to further develop the island.

Map of the Pearl-Qatar, showing location of Giardino Village

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Map of the Pearl-Qatar, showing location of Giardino Village

The other deals included one to build 10 luxury villas in the new area, which “promises to be one of the finest and most luxurious residential dwellings” in the country.

And finally, a developer has been commissioned to work on Al Mutahidah Towers in Viva Bahriya.

Giardino Village

Giardino Village is expected to have detached “luxury” villas, set in gated communities and surrounded by gardens and landscaping, with clubhouses and sports facilities on site.

In a statement this week, UDC said there will also be a hospital in the development. However, it has not released any further details about this.

In addition, there will be a private school and nursery on a 83,746 square meter plot nearby.

UDC sought investors for the school project in June this year.

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At the time, an official told Doha News that it would be run by a yet-to-be determined international education operator and cater to children ages 3 to 18 years old.

Construction on the complex is due to begin early next year. But details about the school’s main contractor or who will operate it have not been announced yet.

Other works

Separately, Navayuga Engineering will be responsible for readying the currently undeveloped land for the main construction.

Its scope includes installing electricity, water, telecommunications facilities and to install a centralized solid waste management vacuum system that replaces garbage trucks on the Pearl.

Rendering of Giardino Villas district on the Pearl Qatar

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Rendering of Giardino Villas district on the Pearl Qatar

Additionally, it will build roads and a storm water management network, erect signage and street lighting and landscape the district, general manager Ravi Kishore told Doha News.

Work will get underway shortly and is expected to take around 15 months. The firm said it will minimize the disturbance to nearby residents by using noise and dust control measures.

The firm is not responsible for the infrastructure for the hospital and school, which is being awarded to other contractors, it said.

More accommodation

UDC also signed a contract this week with local firm Promer Qatar to build 10, five-bedroom villas in the neighborhood.

They are expected to be completed by the middle of 2018.

Rendering of new villas in Giardino Village

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Rendering of new villas in Giardino Village

UDC started marketing plots for sale in the area last October, offering discounts for early and bulk purchases as an incentive to boost sales.

The plots ranged in size from 520 to 1,570 square meters. However, buyers have to develop their site according to strict design guidelines to ensure the “Village’s minimum aesthetic expectations,” UDC said.

Finally, the island’s developer this week confirmed the developer for its Al Mutahidah Towers in Viva Bahriya.

Rendering of Al Mutahidah Towers on the Pearl-Qatar

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Rendering of Al Mutahidah Towers on the Pearl-Qatar

Leighton Contracting Qatar will build the 480-apartment, beach-front complex.

Piling work has been underway for the last two months. And construction of the block is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, UDC said.

Thoughts?

UCI Road World Championships 2016

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UCI Road World Championships 2016

More than 1,000 local and international riders will participate in one of Qatar’s largest-ever cycling events this morning.

The Ride of Champions is part of the 2016 UCI Road World Championships, and the only chance where the “public can physically participate on the same field of play” with the pros, organizers said.

It runs from 7am to 10am, but participants are asked to show up as early as 5am to ensure they can find parking and sort out registration in time.

Closures

The 15 to 75km looped course begins at the National Exhibition Center by Katara Cultural Village, and finishes up at the Pearl-Qatar.

According to the Ministry of Interior, road closures will be in place on this route from 6:30am to 10:30am.

While registration for the event is now closed, spectators are welcome to cheer riders on from the fan zone at the Pearl.

It’s located at Qatar Beach in Costa Malaz, and will be open from 7am to 9pm today.

Remaining events

Also today, the Women’s Elite Road Race will be held from 12:45pm to 4:20pm.

This 134km course runs from Education City to the Pearl, whose roads will be closed during this time.

UCI Road World Championships 2016

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UCI Road World Championships 2016

And the championships will close tomorrow with the Men’s Elite Road Race, which runs from 10:30am to 4:35pm.

This starts at the Aspire Zone and also ends up at the Pearl.

Have you watched any of the time trials or races yet? Thoughts?

UCI Road World Championships

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UCI Road World Championships

The UCI Road World Championships kick off in Doha this weekend.

Hosted for the first time in an Arab country, the tournament commences with team time trial training on Oct. 8, while races start the following day and run until Oct. 16.

Several parts of Qatar will be temporarily closed off for the event, including the Pearl-Qatar, where a number of lanes have already been reduced.

From route information to road closures to how you can watch the championship, here’s what you need to know.

The route

The finale of the upcoming cycling championships is the men’s elite road race.

The race runs a grueling 257.5km, starting at the Aspire Zone and heading through Education City.

It then goes across to Onaiza and up past Qatar University before heading north to Lusail sports Arena and up past Al Khor.

UCI Road World Championships 2016 - men's elite road race route

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UCI Road World Championships 2016 – men’s elite road race route

The riders then head south past Lusail City and onto the Pearl, where they will do seven 15.2km laps of the island to reach the finish line in front of the Marsa Malaz Kempinski hotel.

However, in a statement on its website, the UCI said the first 150km part of the route of that race may be shortened if temperatures are thought to be too high for the cyclists.

Many of the other races finish with multiple laps of the Pearl, but these also may be reduced.

Weather monitoring

As part of a “beat the heat” initiative, a group has been monitoring conditions since the end of September.

Four experts will examine the weather forecast and meet before each race, UCI said.

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They include medical experts from Aspetar.

Daily temperature checks will also be taken by two UCI representatives using “thermal stress indicators,” organizers added in the statement.

With the worst of the summer heat and humidity now gone, temperatures have slowly been falling in Qatar.

Highs are expected to hover around 34C (93F) in Doha and 35C (95F) in Al Khor by this weekend.

However, humidity will be around 75 percent as rains are forecast for next week, the Qatar Meteorology Department said.

The date for the championships has already been pushed back because of the Olympics but also to avoid the worst of the Qatar summer heat.

Patience needed

Final preparations are underway for the championships, which have come under fire from some Pearl residents because several road closures will take effect.

Water taxis, golf carts and shuttle buses will ferry residents on and off the island during the races when most of the roads will be shut to traffic.

Water taxis which will be used for Pearl residents during the UCI road world championships

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Water taxis for Pearl residents during the UCI road world championships

Earlier this week, organizers held a series of Town Hall meetings with people living and working on the island and with the public.

In a statement, the chairman of the local organizing committee called for residents’ “understanding and patience” during the event.

“None of the cities that hosted past events were built to facilitate a UCI RWC (road world championships), hence we kindly ask for your understanding and patience,” Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al-Thani, chairman of the event organizing committee, said.

He continued:

“You must also take into consideration that you are privileged to enjoy the unique opportunity of having a prestigious sporting event held right next to your door.”

Spectators welcome

In addition to the men’s elite race, four other races will take place across Qatar – including the women’s and men’s team time trials on Oct. 9.

There’s also the men’s elite individual time trial on Oct. 12. All start in Lusail City and finish on the Pearl.

UCI Road World Championships

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UCI Road World Championships

Finally, the women’s elite road race on Oct. 15 starts at Education City and snakes through Gharafa, Duhail and West Bay Lagoon before reaching the Pearl.

That race is due to run from 12:45pm until 4:20pm.

Details of the closures for the roads affected by these races have yet to be released.

In addition to the expert races, a mass participation event, the Ride of Champions, will take place on Oct. 15 around the Pearl from 7am until 10am.

Ride of Champions route

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Ride of Champions route

This public event, for which registration has already closed, will start at the Doha Exhibition Center and head north past Katara and onto the Pearl, where participants will complete a lap.

To prepare, works are being undertaken to the last 1.5km stretch of road on the route, removing and adapting traffic islands, UCI said.

Cycling fans who want to get in on the action can visit a family fan zone at Costa Malaz beach on the Pearl.

This will have entertainment including BMX stunt riders, refreshments and cultural displays. Opening times are on the event’s webpage.

Spectators can head down to watch all the races in person, or they can be viewed live online on the UCI YouTube channel.

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