Social and dining destination Al Qana is on track to be ready by the end of 2020.
The waterfront destination is being developed by Al Barakah International Investment as the UAE’s ultimate entertainment and wellness space.
Seven attractions - which include the largest standalone cinema in Abu Dhabi, the Middle East’s largest aquarium and first to the UAE VR zone - will be linked by 2.4 kilometres of walkways.
So far construction costs have 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.
The man behind Al Qana, Fouad Mashal, CEO of Al Barakah International Investment, says: “Al Qana will support the transformation of Abu Dhabi’s landscape. It’s a destination for the whole family where the great diversity of the capital will be celebrated.”
He adds that, despite the global pandemic, a clear timeline and plan for the project were in place.
General manager at Al Qana, Stuart Gissing, expands on his words: “We have managed to adapt to the situation and found new modes of working to ensure that there is continuity for the project’s construction and operations management.
"Now, more than ever before, Al Qana will be more relevant to the situation post-Covid 19 as people seek safe outdoor spaces and healthier lifestyle choices.”