Qatar Restarts Ambitious Katara Towers Project In Lusail City

Construction on the swooping structure of a twin-towers project in Lusail Marina is expected to start soon, with the launch this week of tenders for a main contractor.

Katara Hospitality opened the application process for a contractor to build the 36-story, crossed-swords design Katara Towers.

The towers’ curves are inspired by the crossed swords of the seal of Qatar, and were designed by German civil engineering and design firm King Consult.

When complete, the complex will house two hotels, luxury apartments,restaurants and entertainment and recreation facilities, according to the notice on its website and in local media this week.

Katara Hospitality first launched the towers project in May 2012, and at that time aimed to finish by 2016.

At the time, the total budget for the project, covering a 300,000 sq m area, was QR 2.2 billion.

Since then, progress on the project has been stop-start, and subsequent deadlines have come and gone.

Enabling and piling works got underway in late 2013, and in December 2014,Katara Hospitality tendered for subcontracting and basement works packages.

According to its website, the towers are now scheduled to open in 2020.