Located off Lusail City, and designed to be Qatar’s future iconic destination, Qetaifan Island North (QIN) spans approximately 1.3 mn square metres (sq m), with 207,015 sq m of Meryal waterpark alone. 

The island also features exciting entertainment attractions that the whole family can enjoy, in addition to diversified waterfronts, distinct neighbourhoods, a luxurious hotel, pedestrian-friendly streets, living gardens, and world‑class facilities that make it a modern, globally competitive community with a unique design that is inspired by the rich culture and nature of the region. 

The Island also features unique residential villa plots with exceptional waterfront views, allowing the ultimate comfort and relaxation for its residents. 

Meryal waterpark

Qetaifan Projects recently unveiled the name and a live visual of the waterpark, Meryal, as part of Cityscape Qatar 2022. The name of Meryal waterpark is inspired by the Qatari culture, while the design is inspired by the history of the oil and gas discovery in Qatar. The state-of-the-art waterpark has 36 rides reflecting a unique theme of this history.

Qetaifan Projects signed a memorandum of understanding with JMJ properties at Cityscape Qatar 2022. The agreement was signed by HE Sheikh Nasser bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Managing Director of Qetaifan Projects, and Sheikh Jabor bin Mansour Al Thani, Chairman and Founder of JMJ properties. Qetaifan Projects and JMJ properties will develop five mid-rise mixed-use plots located at the southern area of Qetaifan Island North. The plot area is approximately 25,440 sq m, with an investment value of QAR600 mn.

The waterside Retail and Festival Plaza

The waterside Retail and Festival Plazas are operated by Rixos Qetaifan Island North, along with the Beach Club, hotel, and Meryal waterpark. Qatar’s newest and most vibrant waterside community of stimulating retail experiences, canal‑side cafes, and a range of restaurants from quick service to exotic fine dining, is now leasing and will shortly be ready for fit-out and occupation. This will soon become one of the most exciting and animated waterfront locations in the region.

The Retail and Festival Plazas include 92 units located next to the 6,500-capacity Meryal waterpark area. The waterside retail, café, and restaurant outlets are in three adjacent locations, adjoining a 5-star luxury hotel run by Rixos. The total area is 12,300 sq m overlooking the canal, with 1,426 parking spaces.

Qetaifan Projects have also announced a number of investment opportunities in Qetaifan Island North. There is a range of options in the three distinct areas adjoining the world-class waterpark and 5-star luxury hotel.

The sales launch of Qetaifan Island North Phase 3 villa plots began in March 2022, which consists of serviced villa plots with a unique competitive design at regional and global levels, comprising beach access and garden view villa plots. Moreover, for the first time, there will be villa plots with a distinctive view of Qetaifan Island North’s Linear Canal and the sea.   

Les Vagues residences by Elie Saab

Also announced in March 2022 was a collaboration between Qetaifan Projects and Dar Al Arkan, a real estate company in Saudi Arabia. Les Vagues residences by Elie Saab is a unique, premium project inspired by the beauty of the natural world surrounding QIN. Les Vagues, meaning ‘waves’ in French, reflects luxury island life with clean and contemporary lines, softened by carefully selected palms and tropical foliage. 

The one-, two- and three-bedroom seafront residencies feature balconies and terraces with floor-to-ceiling windows for residents to enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views of the sea. Meanwhile, the interiors incorporate designer Elie Saab’s signature style, with luxurious touches and an exceptional level of quality.

This marks Dar Al Arkan’s first entry into Qatar’s real estate market. The development of Les Vagues residences will start in Q2 2022; total sales are expected to reach over QAR1 bn.

About Qetaifan Island North

The island is the first and main project of Qetaifan Projects, a real estate development company founded in October 2017, fully owned by Katara Hospitality, a leading global hotel owner, developer and operator based in Qatar.

Qetaifan Projects aims to support the country’s long-term economic vision by building cities with sustainable and intelligent infrastructure. Katara Hospitality aims to change the world of hospitality through investment and innovation, leaving a prominent legacy for future generations in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.

Qetaifan Island North is a unique project spanning approximately 1.3 mn sq m with 869,266 sq m of Gross Floor Area. It will feature six beaches, making the island an important part of Lusail City’s distinct waterfront. 

Work is underway continuously at QIN, with more than 7,000 workers, seven contractors and seven different project packages. The island project is ideal for visitors coming later in the year for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, given its proximity to Lusail Stadium.

QIN promises to be a thriving waterfront hub representing a new, modern lifestyle. One of the main attractions is the state-of-the-art waterpark Meryal, with its 36 rides and the 85.5-metre Icon Tower, the highest water slide in the world and situated on a small island opposite Qetaifan Island North. Linked by an overwater bridge, thrillseekers can access the Icon Tower by a train that passes by the bridge. An artificial canal is linked to the sea, allowing visitors to enjoy fishing, boating, and plenty of other family-friendly fun activities. 

Spread over the canal side are community facilities, such as snack stalls, prayer rooms, seating, as well as game rooms, and kid’s club.

If you prefer to relax in style, Qetaifan Island North will have a Beach Club offering- an assemblage of activities to be enjoyed by the whole family.  

For more information, visit qetaifanprojects.com

Author: Sarah Palmer

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