Qatar is set to receive yet another boost to its tourism infrastructure when the Entertainment City complex opens its doors in the country’s capital, Doha, in 2009.
According to the US $3 billion facility’s investor, Abu Dhabi Investment House (ADIH), the one million metre square complex will attract 25,000 visitors daily, helping to further grow Qatar’s already thriving inbound tourism market.
Rashad Janahi, CEO, ADIH, claimed Entertainment City would build on the success of events such as last month’s Asian Games. Despite some hiccups plaguing the 15- day event, including torrential rain, cold weather, empty stadiums, as well as the tragic death of a competitor, Qatar is now considering bidding for the 2016 Olympic Games. The construction of Entertainment City will no doubt bolster the country’s sales pitch to the Olympic Committee.
“In less than two years, visitors to Qatar will be able to experience a level of quality entertainment that the country has never been able to offer on such a scale,” said Janahi.
Entertainment City will run alongside a one kilometre-long waterfront in the Lusail area, a 35km² area north of Doha close to Doha Golf Course and Qatar Energy City, and will feature a family entertainment centre, water theme park, “natural attractions”, Doha’s largest cinema complex, a theatre, bowling alley, and several hotels.
“The hotels will be uniquely themed and will add to the overall experience of leisure visitors,” said Janahi. “A year ago, Qatar offered 2600 rooms, but by the end of 2007, there will be 11,000; Entertainment City is set to increase this by a further one-third to almost 15,000 rooms in 2009.”
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