Twenty-five members of NAWIC Qatar, the first National Association of Women in Construction in the Middle East, celebrated International Women’s Day with a site visit to Dune Plaza on 8 March. The soon-to-be-completed Dune Plaza is at the base of Tornado Tower in West Bay.

NAWIC president Billie Teshich welcomed the visitors and explained their 2023 campaign theme, #EmbraceEquity. She then introduced Sheikha Athba Al-Thani who accepted to join NAWIC Qatar as Board Member and help the association support and empower women in construction.

Also present during the site visit are Board Members Carly-Jane Figgis and Pamela McDonald.

Billie thanked QIPCO Holding, represented by General Manager Said Abu Odeh and assisted by Rana Doudin, who is in charge of leasing, for hosting NAWIC’s fourth site visit in four years.

Abu Odeh described the history behind the creation of Dune Plaza and Tornado Tower with a giant screen in the background showing a video of the project. Engineer Michel El Bitar of CICO Consultants guided the tour.


El Bitar said that the ground floor will have 21 cafes and restaurants and nine kiosks, while the first floor will have ten food and beverage shops. The main feature is the outdoor seating areas which will be airconditioned with an outdoor cooling system – with floor-mounted air boxes and cold air from grills above ceiling level.

During the 45-minute tour, NAWIC members of varied nationalities working in the building industry learned all the various aspects of the construction process for the future outdoor F&B space, whose target clients are employees working in the Tornado Tower and the other office towers nearby.

One of NAWIC’s support companies – GHD – provided PPE for the visitors, while Masin Consultancy provided goodie bags. The visit concluded with a complimentary lunch at Tornado Tower.

Tornado Tower

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