Qatar Diar has announced that the construction of the world’s second-tallest tower, Doha Convention Center Tower (DCCT), has resumed after much delay.

DCCT is a 551 m (1,808 ft) tall skyscraper with over 100 storeys located in the West Bay area. Construction has been suspended following the discovery that the building would impact flight paths to and from Doha International Airport. Construction has continued now that the New Doha International Airport is completed on reclaimed land approximately 3 km to the east of the current airport. The delay means that the building’s completion date has moved from 2012 to the end of 2015 when it was originally intended to be complete by 2012.

The tower, shaped like a tapering obelisk, will be a mixed-use office and residential building, housing offices on the lower levels, and apartments, a hotel and penthouse residences on the upper floors. At the very top, a private club will occupy a 60 m (200 ft) high glass-only cylinder surrounded by extensions of tower’s facade and supported by a structural helix. It will also comprise a 100,000 sq m convention center and a car parking facility with 175,000 sq. m.

The project is managed and developed by Lusail Real Estate Development Company on behalf of the owner, Qatari Diar Real Estate Company, which was established in 2005 by the Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar. The real estate company was entrusted to support Qatar’s growing economy and to coordinate the country’s real estate development priorities. As of January 2012, Qatari Diar is capitalised at US$4 billion and has more than 49 projects under development or planning in Qatar and in 29 countries around the world with a combined value of over US$35 billion.​

In 2012, firms with experience in high-rise building projects were invited to enter the pre-qualification stage for the construction of DCCT. Bidders had to have experience in high-rise (50 storeys and above) building projects of similar capacity and complexity with average annual turnover for the last five years of over US$549m (QR2 billion).

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Facts

  • Construction on the project started in 2007.
  • Estimated cost: QR25 billion (US$ 1.7 billion – 1.3 billion Euros).
  • Architect: Murphy/Jahn Inc. Architects.
  • Structural engineering was carried out by Hyder Consulting, Magnusson Klemencic Associates and Werner Sobek Engineering & Design; MEP design was completed by Hyder Consulting and Arup; while Turner Construction is handling project management.
  • The concrete structure extends to level 102 at 426 m. The rest of the tower will have a steel frame.
  • The project is scheduled to be completed by Q4 2015.

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Once completed, the DCCT project will become the second tallest tower in the world. Currently, the tallest building in the world is Burj Khalifa, also known as Burj Dubai, in Dubai, UAE at 829.8 m.