New Abu Dhabi entertainment hub set for 2020 completion

Al Qana waterfront project will offer waterside eateries, cinema, the Middle East's largest aquarium, marina, a wellness hub and outdoor skatepark
New Abu Dhabi entertainment hub set for 2020 completion
Al Qana is located on the historic natural Khor Al Maqta, the waterway bordering the mainland close to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and will dedicate over 50 percent of the leasable area being assigned to entertainment.
By Sam Bridge
Fri 05 Apr 2019 12:35 AM

Al Barakah International Investment (BII) has announced that its Al Qana wterfront project in Abu Dhabi is on course for completion in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Al Qana, which spans over 2.4km and will offer waterside eateries, cinema, the Middle East’s largest aquarium, marina, a wellness hub and outdoor skatepark, is being developed as part of a public-private partnership between BII and Abu Dhabi Municipality.

Al Qana is located on the historic natural Khor Al Maqta, the waterway bordering the mainland close to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and will dedicate over 50 percent of the leasable area being assigned to entertainment.

To underline this, Al Qana has brought on board a key partner, The National Aquarium of Abu Dhabi, which will be the largest of its kind in the Middle East.

Moataz Mashal, managing director of BII, said in a statement: "In line with the capital's vision for 2030, this new landmark destination will play a key role in supporting the government to realise its vision of enhancing Abu Dhabi’s status as one the world’s most popular destinations for business, leisure, lifestyle and entertainment.

"Al Qana will offer a new lifestyle for residents through exciting dining destinations and convenient facilities, whilst also being an attractive place for tourists to visit, in close proximity to many of the most famous landmarks in the capital.”

Stuart Gissing, general manager of Al Qana, added: "Since the launch of the project, our team of experts have been working closely with the authorities and our partners to ensure a unique, vibrant mix of complementary commercial services and facilities that bolster the value to investors, tenants and customers.

“We have been looking for the best experts in their fields and made key hires as we remain committed to create a quality multi-excitement destination that will keep pace with ever growing need to offer entertainment and memorable experiences at every level, with the requirements of visitors, whilst also reflecting Abu Dhabi’s multicultural society.”

Al Qana is the first build-operate-transfer model implemented by the Abu Dhabi Municipality. International Construction Contracting Company is the lead contractor of the project.

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