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Qatar's Aspire Zone said to plan major expansion

Doha sports development reportedly planning to add new mall, residential areas and restaurants

Qatar's Aspire Zone said to plan major expansion

Plans have been revealed to nearly double the size of Qatar’s Aspire Zone by adding new venues, recreational areas and additional aquatic facilities.

The vision for the west Doha sports venue also includes restaurants, residential areas and a new 68,000 sq m shopping centre, dubbed Aspire Park Mall, Doha News reported on Thursday.

Phillip Templar, the director of venues and events at Aspire Zone’s logistics division, told Doha Stadium Plus: “There’s a growing demand within Qatar for more facilities for the sports and events industry... We see at least 1,000 events a year. With the addition of the new facilities, we expect the number to touch new highs.”

The cost of the expansion has not been disclosed, Doha News said.

Founded in 2003, the 250-hectare development next to what is now Villaggio Mall was called Sports City. The name was changed to the Aspire Zone in 2006, the same year Qatar hosted the Asian Games.

Along with a large public park and Villaggio, the precinct already includes two hotels, the Aspire Academy training center, a sports medicine and orthopaedic hospital as well as several athletic venues including the Hamad Aquatic Center and Khalifa International Stadium.

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