Infrastructure works have been nearly completed in Qatar's new city of Lusail and hence its first residents are moving in. More than the $8 billion worth of infrastructure has been laid except for three key roads which are expected to be ready by year end. Many housing units have already been delivered to owners after the supply of all essential services including water, electricity and roads. Lusail City is located on the coast about 15 km north of Doha's city center. With over $45 billion in value, Lusail is one of the region's biggest real estate schemes. More than 75% of the city's land has been sold to developers so far.
Significant progress has also been made on the Lusail Light Rail Transit (LRT) project as over 7km of tunnel construction and main civil works for seven underground stations have been achieved. Besides, 100% of the excavation works, 98% of the structure of underground stations and 100% of a bridge that goes over the Al Khor highway have also been completed. The LRT is considered one of the most important ventures that will benefit real estate development projects in Lusail City providing an efficient and comfortable commuting system for inhabitants when the mixed community development is completed.
The LRT project consists of four operating lines, 33km of network and 37 stations (including 10 underground). The LRT will also be connected to the Doha Metro Red Line North via two main stations - Lusail Marina/The Pearl and Lusail's main station. The connectivity will facilitate easy transportation from and into Lusail city. The next stage of the project will see the delivery of civil works of the 37 railway stations, internal architecture, mechanical and electrical equipment, tracks, power supply, maintenance facilities and trains.
Building a new city was the brainchild of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir, and for years was supervised by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar who imagined a hypermodern new city as an extension to Doha, the capital, to absorb the healthy growth of Doha and its population expansion.
Lusail City is being developed as part of Qatar national vision 2030.Once completed, Lusail will have an estimated population of 450,000, made up of 200,000 residents, 170,000 employees and over 80,000 visitors. The city is developed by (LREDC) Lusail Real Estate Development Company, an affiliate of Qatari Diar, which was established in 2005 by the Qatari Investment Authority, the country's sovereign wealth fund.
Yet, the development is a key part of Qatar's FIFA 2022 World Cup plans and will accommodate the 86,000-seat Lusail Iconic stadium. Foster + Partners was behind initial concept designs for Lusail stadium as part of Qatar's bid submission for the 2022 World Cup.
Lusail, scheduled for completion in 2020, is comprised of residential clusters, commercial districts, shopping and leisure facilities, 22 hotels and two golf courses. The masterplan divides the waterfront development into 19 integrated and mixed-use districts. The Lusail development will also include Qatar's Energy City, the country's oil and gas administrative hub, with more than 80 energy sector offices. In addition to Energy City, Lusail will be the home of Entertainment City, Petroleum Headquarter Campus, Qatar, the Fox Hill residential district, the Boulevard and the Marina district.
The new Lusail Iconic Stadium, with a capacity of 86,250, will host the opening and final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The stadium takes its inspiration from the sail of a traditional dhow boat and is surrounded by water. After the FIFA World Cup, the stadium will be used to host other spectacular sporting and cultural events.
No detail ignored
Each of Lusail's 19 districts is designed to avoid it becoming repetitive. The visual impact in each district differs from the standpoint of density, architecture, street layout and landscaping which makes it immediately evident that one has moved from one district to another.
Lusail's transportation network is a significant feature allowing people to move freely and conveniently from one district to another, using the light rail transit system which will be integrated with the future Doha metro. The city is also developed to be pedestrian friendly and the road transportation network will be state of the art. Lusail's waterfront location offers an additional advantage for implementing water-based means of transport.
Every care is given to the aesthetic value of the city ensuring attractive landscapes and high end standards at every corner.
Integration is another major component of the master plan guideline. Nothing is fragmented, centralized or decentralized in the city. For instance, Energy City accommodates an office park but it is positioned in a way that doesn't impact the residential neighborhood next door whether through noise, traffic or otherwise. Actually one can live in the Marina district and work in Energy City. One can walk, cycle, drive or use public transport to go to work. The Marina district is an anchor of mixed-use developments. It has office, residential, and mixed-use blocks.
A smart and sustainable city
Lusail is not an ordinary city and hence it is equipped with very advanced, complex and state of the art infrastructure in compliance with the city's motto of providing its inhabitants with all the facilities of an easy, good life. The whole concept of sustainability is employed in this futuristic city.
Lusail is already incorporated in the QSAS (Qatar Sustainability Assessment System) system. QSAS, a new ‘green building' rating system adopted by the developer Qatari Diar, is intended to help developers save money, reduce energy costs, and protect the environment. All buildings within Lusail are required to be rated on the basis of an energy saving system.