(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: United Development Company (UDC), master developer of The Pearl-Qatar and Gewan Islands, has signed three agreements worth QR1.2bn pertaining to major projects at The Pearl-Qatar.
The first agreement has been signed with 'Orbital Education a leading British educational group, to operate 'United School International, while the second agreement has been signed to award 'Al Darwish Engineering Company the contract of the construction works for 'United School International.
The third agreement has been signed to award 'Ramaco Trading & Contracting Company to undertake the design and construction works for three gated compounds in the Floresta Gardens Precinct.
Ibrahim Jassim Al Othman, UDC President and Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board, highlighted that the total investment value in these projects amounts to approximately QR1.2bn.
Al Othman; Kevin McNeany, Chairman of 'Orbital Education co-signed the agreement during a ceremony held at the Oyster Building at The Pearl-Qatar, in the presence of Ajay Sharma, British Ambassador to Qatar.
Ibrahim Jassim Al Othman (right), UDC President, exchanging documents with Kevin McNeany, Chairman of 'Orbital Education, after the signing of agreement at the Oyster Building at The Pearl-Qatar, in the presence of Ajay Sharma, British Ambassador to Qatar.
United School International will be the second school in Qatar to be managed by Orbital Education, currently the owner and operator of a growing group of international schools across the globe, such as in Hungary, Slovenia, Spain, Russia, China and Ecuador.
These schools cater for students between the ages of 2 and 18 years and specialise in delivering the British Curriculum.
United School International will span an area of 44,000 sqm and will feature a 500-sqm library, a dining room, an auditorium, a swimming pool area, sports halls, playgrounds, 3,000-sqm open court yards, and parking spaces.
The three-floor school will adopt the British educational curriculum and will accommodate 2,500 students with 102 classrooms; 11 classrooms will accommodate early years while 91 classrooms will cater for primary and secondary school students.
Ajay Sharma said: 'I am pleased that the British Embassy and the Department of International Trade in Qatar have supported the School to achieve this excellent outcome. Qatar National Vision 2030 concentrates on building a world-class education system and this is what we are committed to deliver. This is a sector which I firmly believe offers the UK and Qatar many exciting opportunities. Education co-operation will strengthen the important relationship between our two countries for generations to come.
Al Othman said: 'The designation of Orbital Education as the operator of United School International reflects UDC's commitment to offering the very best educational services and internationally recognized certificates. Through our offerings to serve the educational needs of The Pearl-Qatar's community and neighborhoods, we aim to cement the Island's position as an attractive destination for families and business professionals alike.
McNeany emphasised the importance of the venture, by saying: 'Orbital Education is proud to partner with UDC in the foundation of this world class school and to expand its successful presence in the State of Qatar with the addition of this stunning new school to its global portfolio.
Al Othman and Dr Fahd Bakour, Executive Director of Al Darwish Engineering Company co-signed the agreement for the construction works for United School International.
Commenting on this milestone, Al Othman said: 'Awarding ‘Al Darwish Engineering Company' the construction works of United School International falls in line with UDC's commitment to meeting the various educational needs of The Pearl-Qatar as well as neighborhoods. The development of United School International emphasizes UDC's future development plans to further bolster the attractiveness of The Pearl-Qatar through distinctive lifestyle offerings that cater to the different needs.
Dr Bakour, said: 'On behalf of ‘Al Darwish Engineering Company', we would like to thank UDC for selecting us as a leading national contracting company to implement the construction works of 'United School International at The Pearl-Qatar.
Al Othman, and Fahad Yaqoub Al Jaidah, Chairman of Ramaco Trading & Contracting Company co-signed the agreement for design and construction of three gated compounds in Floresta Gardens Precinct.
Each compound will consist of standalone and semi-attached villas with access to facilities that include a club house, swimming pools and green spaces among other amenities. Residents of the gated compounds will also enjoy access to a retail center that serves Floresta Gardens Precinct.
'The development of Floresta Gardens Precinct with its three gated compounds reflects UDC's unwavering commitment to bolster its offerings at one of its most sought-after real estate projects, which will also boost Qatar's position as an attractive lifestyle destination, Al Othman, said.
Al Jaidah stated: 'Our company is very proud to receive the award for the design and construction of this prestigious project at The Pearl-Qatar. This is an accolade which crowns our continual involvement in the real estate development in the State of Qatar and opens the way for us to contribute to the development of The Pearl-Qatar. We will invest our long experience in the design, engineering and construction fields to finalize this prestigious project according to the contract requirements and we will strive to fulfil UDC's expectations pertaining to this prestigious project.
The development of United School International and three gated compounds in Floresta Gardens Precinct is part of UDC's plans to expand its offerings across The Pearl-Qatar, which is home to around 32,000 residents.