Enormous entertainment complex planned for Qatar
Tuesday 07 September 2010
The Middle Eastern state of Qatar is to open a 433,000 square meter entertainment and retail complex in 2012, developers announced September 5.
Constuction for the massive development will begin early next year, said the consortium of firms behind the scheme, with the first retail phase scheduled for completion by early 2012.
It will house a huge shopping mall, an entertainment park and two hotels, with furniture chain IKEA, Toys "R" Us, InterSport and British brand Marks and Spencer confirmed as the first tenants.
When the AED 6bn (€1.26 billion) project is completed in 2015, it will be the largest multipurpose complex in the country and will feature a "futuristic design," to transport visitors from waterslides and roller coasters to the retail area.
One of the partners behind the project, Al Futtaim, has also created the Festival City parks in Dubai and Cairo, retail and leisure destinations dubbed "mini-cities."
The development will be the latest addition to a wave of construction in Qatar, with the first part of the $5.9 million (€4.8 million) Musheireb development in downtown Doha scheduled to be completed at around the same time.
Qatar's building spree is partly a reflection of its rapid economic growth and population boom - figures published earlier this year showed that the population had more than doubled since 2004.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 2 Martha Stewart accuses Snoop Dogg of 'smoking for four hours' during Justin Bieber Roast
- 3 I might be an MP, but that doesn't stop me fighting sexism with my breasts
- 4 Google April Fools': company unveils backwards search engine and huggable digital assistant
- 5 April Fools' Day 2015: The best hoax news stories from around the internet
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
£12500 - £36000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This established Wakefield Deal...
Competitive (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: our .NET Developers / Software Dev...
£25,000 - £30,000: Sheridan Maine: Are you looking for a fantastic opportunity...
£25000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Management Accountant - Manchester...