Qatari Diar desert hotel on hold in Tunisia
Architect says project will stop in the face of political situation
A Tunisian desert hotel due to be built by Qatari Diar has been put on hold in the wake of unrest in the North African nation.
Architects Godwin Austen Johnson told Construction Week Online today that the project, which was due to be built in Tozeur, "has been put on hold until further notice."
It is unclear whether the firm or the developer had any staff on the ground when riots engulfed the country two days ago, as Tunisians took to the streets to protest against rising prices of commodities and food.
The street protests caused Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country after 23 years in power, and take up exile in Saudi Arabia after being refused entry to France.
CWOnline reported last week that GAJ had been retained as project architect on the $50 million hotel project in Tunisia. The 400,000m2 resort was due to comprise 63 rooms, a spa and restaurant and an outdoor amphitheatre in the Tunisian desert.
GAJ, which won two awards including Best Hospitality Project, at Middle East Architect's 2010 Awards, was orignally employed as design architects but was recently asked to see the project through to completion.