By Noimot Olayiwola
Interested buyers and potential tenants yesterday visited The Pearl-Qatar’s open house to have a sneak preview of its latest district - Qanat Quartier, where Venice charm meets the Arabian chic.
Situated in serene and elegant surroundings, Qatar’s first sets of multi-coloured buildings comprise two- and three-bedroom duplex, living room, dining room, kitchen, and balconies overlooking canals and beaches.
The open house, hosted by United Development Company (UDC), provided potential home owners as well as lease companies the opportunities to choose any of the available 50 units, including those situated near the Gulf sea.
The three-bedroom townhouse units come in 300sq m in space or more, with views over the marina ways, as well as safe covered parking and direct access to the beach.
During the open house, guests were allowed to view two fully furnished townhouses as a sample.
They also got the chance to tour Qanat Quartier and view its colourful and striking architecture inspired by the beautiful pastel houses of Venice, as well as the canal ways, plazas and bridges which make the Venice-like community such a distinct precinct in The Pearl-Qatar.
A special sales team was on hand to help customers through the process of viewing and making inquiries on purchasing or renting the properties.
According to a UDC official, each buyer have the chance to purchase only one townhouse unit during the open house days being held between 3pm and 7pm by placing a 10% down payment in advance.
Buyers will receive the keys to their unit once the full payment has been made.
Obviously impressed by the ‘Little Venice’, Nasser al-Humaidi, a Qatari, said he might purchase two units in the precinct.
“I found Qanat Quartier very unique and nice, especially being the only area situated closely to the sea. The townhouses are good and well located with nice facilities, which makes it seem a good business idea. I might end up buying two units,” added al-Humaidi, who already has two apartments in Viva Baharia.
Two expatriate women from the UK said the apartments looked impressive.
“This is an amazing environment and it will be nice to live here but I might be changing the furniture I was to live here as a fully furnished apartment because the furnishing don’t look much Western,” one of them pointed out.
Seen at the open house were representatives of Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) and QNB offering exclusive financing to potential buyers.
al khaliji is presenting special introductory loan rates of 3.99% and every customer who receives approval for the loan will also receive a 50-gram gold bar for the first three years, a fusion account with 2% interest, 2% cash back on visa platinum card and the service of a dedicated relationship manager.
“al khaliji is ready to provide financial products and services to suit every customer’s lifestyle and needs. Our financing offer will make the dream of owning a townhouse at Qanat Quartier comes true. This opportunity will address our customers’ ambitions and help them enjoy the luxury they deserve,” al Khaliji Personal Banking head Gary Mond said.
Comprising some 10 districts altogether, construction of which are expected to be completed by 2018, The Pearl-Qatar is an artificial island spanning nearly 4mn sq m. It is the first land in Qatar to be available for freehold ownership by foreign nationals. There are currently some 10,000 people residing on the island.