Abu Dhabi’s Al Qana development aims to meet the post-COVID demand healthier lifestyles trends, says its CEO.
Plans are “on track” at the construction of the MZ Architects-designed social dining, entertainment and wellness space to open before the end of 2020.
Once open Al Qana will be home to the largest cinema complex in Abu Dhabi, the largest aquarium in the Middle East, with a turtle rehabilitation centre, a huge social, cultural and lifestyle centre, running and cycling paths and more.
Open spaces, community events and activities will be at the heart of the development as well as entertainment, education and leisure.
As part of the complex, a new lifestyle and wellness hub named The Bridge aims to provide an area to relax, work out, eat, learn and meet people while improving your overall health.
“More than ever, Al Qana will be more relevant to the post-COVID-19 situation for people who seek safe outdoor spaces and healthier lifestyle choices,” said Fouad Mashal, CEO of Al Barakah International Investment, developers of Al Qana.
“Our objective is to create a vibrant ecosystem for businesses, whether they are F&B providers, recreational outlets or wellness hubs.
“As a multi-purpose destination and experience-driven entertainment attraction, Al Qana will create a dynamic and engaging experience for both residents and tourists.
“With the Middle East’s largest aquarium, the largest stand-alone cinema in the capital, a virtual reality zone, E-sports arena and Kids Adrenaline Zone, Al Qana is the must-visit destination for family and friends.”
Despite the spread of COVID-19, plans are in place to open the destination by the end of the year while implementing the necessary safety procedures to ensure public health.
By June 2020, construction costs had topped AED 1 billion with the aquarium 90 per cent complete and the 15-screen cinema 80 per cent underway.
Other project goals that have been ticked off include installation of four pedestrian bridges made of 2,200 tons of steel, connecting both sides of the canal; basement parking facilities are now complete and all major entertainment attractions are leased to and fitted out.