A boldly designed development has been making the rounds among government officials in Qatar over the past year.
The concept creator of Qatar Magic Kingdom, a “mini-city” that contains residential and commercial districts, uploaded this video last week ahead of a design conference.
Speaking to Doha News, Canadian Chris Doray said he first began designing the concept last October. At the time, it started out as a speculative project, to be located in Al Rayyan near the site of the yet-to-be-built Qatar-Bahrain Causeway, he said. He added:
“The notion was that Qatar would have a ‘mini-satellite city’ that shall be situated at the North-West point of entry into the State of Qatar from what would have been the longest land bridge in the world.”
Doray has presented the design to various government entities, but no movement have been made on the project yet. One potential stumbling block is that it was originally slated to be located in and around Al Zubarah, which has now been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and thus considered protected.
Meanwhile, it will be years before Qatar actually sees a causeway built to connect it to Bahrain. According to the latest update in April, a third redesign of the bridge was being presented to officials in both countries for approval.
Construction on the causeway, which would cut travel time between Bahrain and Qatar from around five hours to 30 minutes, was originally supposed to start in 2010.