The foundation has also announced that an endowment fund of $8,000 million is to be set up to support the project.

An architect has still to be appointed on the development. Most of the other facilities at Education City have been designed by Japan’s Arato Isozaki. The centre, which will focus on women and child healthcare, will serve as the primary teaching hospital of the Weill Cornell Medical College Qatar, a branch of the New York-based medical school. The university will be responsible for clinical teaching and research in the hospital and will be a partner with Qatar Foundation in its governance.

A new round of construction work is planned at the 10 million-square-metre Education City site. Bids are due from contractors in mid-July for the construction of residential accommodation. Two lots are being tendered, which will offer about 600 units and have a total built-up area of 150,000 square metres.

Prequalification is also under way for the construction of a convention centre, while bids have recently been invited for phase 1 of the Science & Technology Park development (Qatar, MEED Special Report, 17:10:03, page 50).