Come 2022, Qatar will be the first Gulf nation to host the FIFA World Cup for which it will build nine eco-friendly iconic stadiums, some of which can host up to 80,000 people.
The Pearl Qatar in Doha is an artificial island spanning nearly four million square meters. The first land in Qatar to be available for freehold ownership by foreign nationals, it will create over 32 kilometers of new coastline for use as a residential estate with an expected 18,831 dwellings and 45,000 residents when completed by 2018.
The name pays homage to Qatar’s reputation as one of the major pearl traders of Asia before the Japanese introduced cheaper more affordable pearls, prior to Qatar’s oil boom. Once completed, The Pearl will resemble a string of gleaming pearls in the Gulf.