The tallest tower in Qatar - the World Trade Centre - is slated for completion in 2012, officials have announced after signing a deal for its construction.
Doha's skyline is set to rise higher with the signing of a new QR520 million deal for the construction of the 50-storey tower in the city's West Bay area.
According to the contract between the project owner, Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance Company (QGIRC) and the main contractor, Arabtec Construction Company, the tower will be ready in the summer of 2012.
The 50-storey tower will comprise 42 levels of office space, a four-storey basement with parking space for up to 1,169 cars and a conference podium of four floors.
It will also include a spherical building housing an auditorium with 523 fixed seats, a multi-purpose hall for exhibitions and five floors of executive offices.
In comments published by Qatar Tribune on Monday, Riad Kamal, chairman of Arabtec, said: "WTC tower will mark the entry of Arabtec into the field of high-rise building construction in Qatar.
"We are confident that through this venture, we will make a significant contribution to the growth and modernisation of this country."
Work on the WTC project is underway and, according to its developers, the piling work has already been completed.