The Mall of Qatar, in Doha, Qatar, was designed to offer more than just shopping. The
project’s sponsors aim to create an entertainment center.
Slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2015, the 4.2-million-square-foot ( 3.9-
million-square-meter) mall will have more than 400 stores, a QR91 million “mini-city”
for children, a 19-screen cinema and a hotel. And then there’s the pièce de résistance:
the Oasis, a glass-domed amphitheater featuring a resident performance troupe staging at least three shows per day.
But the mall is just one of many projects powering Qatar’s current commercial real
estate boom. An oversupply of retail options could pose a challenge to realizing the
project’s benefits, but project managers have a more immediate concern tied to the
boom: a shortage of skilled labor.
Specialist subcontractors “are becoming very busy and as a consequence unreliable,” Moataz Al-Khayyat, CEO of UrbaCon, the Qatar-based general contractor building the mall, told Arabian Business. To help combat the shortage, UrbaCon created a
new training division for talent at all levels, from manual laborers to project managers.
The Mall anticipates 20 million visitors per year by 2016.
PROJECT: Mall of Qatar
BUDGET: QR3 billion
MAIN ATTRACTION: The Oasis,
a glass-domed amphitheater
to implement the urgent projects
planned to be achieved on time.”
—Moataz Al-Khayyat, CEO of UrbaCon, to Arabian Business
“The contracting market needs trained labor