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Opening of Qatar-financed Shard Tower in London delayed

The opening of London?s Shard Tower, which has been primarily financed by Qatari investors, has been delayed by two months until after the 2012 Olympics Games have taken place

The 1,016-feet Shard Tower, built at a cost of US?500 million will become the tallest building in western Europe and has been 95 per cent funded by Qatar.

The tower, being co-financed by Qatar Diar, is located on the south bank of the Thames river and was originally due to be inaugurated on July 5, 2012, by Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

The opening of the tower has been delayed to incorporate a few design changes, and will now take place after the Olympic Games, which will be?held from July 27 to August 12.

Although the physical completion of the building was completed at the end of May 2012, Irvine Sellar, the founder and chief executive officer of developer Sellar, said that the completion of the tower could come many weeks after the games.