Katara Unveils Ambitious Projects: Planetarium and Katara Hills Ready by Year End
Katara Cultural Village, the iconic meeting place of art, culture and entertainment, recently unveiled more attractions within its village, including a high-tech planetarium, luxury shopping mall, exclusive shopping facility for children, and green hills, part of their Southern Expansion Project, currently underway and scheduled to be completed in the last quarter of 2018.
The project consists of 12 building structures and a parking area overlooking the sea. The buildings will house restaurants and cafes, libraries, an exhibition hall, cinema and several cultural centres. It will also feature a Planetarium and an Astronomical Observatory, which promises an amazing experience to visitors of Katara. The Marina District at Katara is also currently finalising work on a maritime restaurant, comprising a main eatery and eight exclusive marine chalets. This project is now in its second phase.
The Planetarium, which will occupy 2,240 square metres, is expected to become a major attraction in Katara. It will offer a rare experience to visitors, blending education and entertainment, especially for students, families and astronomy enthusiasts. The planetarium hall will have a seating capacity of 200 people, four seats for the ‘physically-challenged’ and another four for the elderly. It will feature a 22-metre screen, equipped with state-of-the-art digital projectors. A vast terrace overlooking the sea will serve as a platform for events and activities.
Katara Plaza is a luxury shopping complex sitting on more than 38,000 square metres of land, developed in partnership with the Ali Bin Ali Group. Blending traditional and modern architecture, this shopping mall will gather leading global brands in fashion, luxury goods, accessories, perfumes, cosmetics, entertainment, watches and jewellery. One of the main attraction of the shopping complex is the Evian Spa, the first in the Middle East and the second of its kind in the world, in exclusive partnership with water giant Evian. The Evian Spa is a luxurious interpretation of ‘health through water’.
Katara Plaza will also have a children’s mall, another pioneering experience in the region and an example of innovation and architectural genius. Its design portrays the form of two big gifts wrapped in red and gold.
Katara Plaza will have unique landscapes and sandstone buildings, paved passages, arches and breezy walkways. The project is in the final phase of construction.
Katara Hills is expected to be a distinctive landmark and an eye-catching tourist destination within the cultural village. It is expected to be completed in December and features gardens and green meadows. It is divided into Northern and Southern Hills, both have unique designs and boast many recreational facilities. It will occupy an area of 361,500 square metres.
The Hills will showcase a diverse collection of plants and 3,300 trees from different continents, grown in the Qatari environment. It will serve as a meeting point for cultures and civilisations, and will have a spacious yard to represent the ‘universal’ mind.
Dr Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager of Katara Cultural Village said that these ambitious projects make Katara a global cultural and tourism hub, helping to strengthen communication between cultures and people.
Katara’s strategy focuses on supporting art, culture, humanity, and consolidating national identity and heritage. It also aims to utilise the facilities and buildings to create a suitable environment to nurture art and creativity and make Katara a global cultural icon.’
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