The scheme, previously known as West Bay island project, calls for the creation of a 3.2 million-square-metre island off the Ritz Carlton hotel, to be connected to the mainland by a bridge. Initial plans call for 1,500-2,000 villas to be built on the island. The project, which is notable for` the fact that it will provide the first opportunity to buy land and property in Qatar, is expected to require total investment of $2,000 million spread over five years.