Kuwait plans new entertainment hub

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An artist's impression of the Wafra Seef project.

An artist's impression of the Wafra Seef project.

A US-based architects has been hired to design a new food and entertainment destination planned for Kuwait, it was announced on Monday.

Global architecture and design firm Gensler has been appointed by Wafra Real Estate Company to design the Wafra Seef project.

The company said in a statement that it will provide full design and supervision consultancy services.

"This exquisite dining destination will be the first of its kind in the region, offering patrons a gathering place where they can dine, meet and mingle, while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Arabian coastline," Gensler said.

This is Gensler's second project with Wafra Real Estate, after recently completing the interior of Wafra'a headquarters in Kuwait.

Wafra Seef is located along the coastline of the Al Mahboula Area just south of Kuwait City.

Gensler said it would create a 5,760 sq m retail venue "unique to Kuwait, exuding quality, contemporary simplicity and understated elegance".

Gyms and health club facilities will feature alongside food and drink outlets while further details have not yet been released.

"In recent years Kuwait has experienced an emergence of new trendy dining developments. Wafra's intent is to build the ultimate dining destination, catering to Kuwaiti Nationals and expats alike," said Tareq Abu-Sukheila, managing director of Gensler's Abu Dhabi unit.

"We have designed Wafra Seef to offer beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, with spectacular views of the Gulf. Wafra Seef will be an experience like none other in the region."

"We are pleased to work with Gensler on our second project in the region," added Mohamad K AlZemami, project manager, Wafra Real Estate Company.

"Their design of Wafra Seef encapsulated our desire to build an exceptional restaurant experience that enhances the sea location, providing visitors with a one-of-a kind, dining and entertainment experience."

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