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Qatar: Doha Festival City opens to the public

Owned and developed by Bawabat Al-Shamal Real Estate Company, Qatar’s Doha Festival City has opened its doors to the public

Qatar’s Doha Festival City is now open to the public.
Qatar’s Doha Festival City is now open to the public.

Doha Festival City has opened its doors to the public.

Owned and developed by Bawabat Al-Shamal Real Estate Company (BASREC), the mixed-use development is home to more than 500 retail outlets, including Qatar’s first Ikea store.

The complex also features a snow park, Angry Birds and Virtuocity theme parks, and an 18-screen cinema.

Kareem Shamma, chief executive officer of BASREC, said: “The official opening of Doha Festival City is a proud moment for all of the parties that have supported the scheme over the last six years.”

Netherlands-headquartered consultancy, Arcadis, provided cost and commercial management services for the project.

During the course of the construction period, the firm managed change requests from more than 500 tenants, providing cost estimates for each.

Arcadis also implemented a two-stage procurement process to accommodate an early works contract, meaning that BASREC was able to start work ahead of an anticipated increase in construction costs in the Qatari market.

“Throughout this period, the Arcadis team has consistently provided excellent cost and commercial management advice,” continued Shamma. “This has enabled us to deliver a world-class development that’s already exceeding the expectations of our visitors, tenants, and investors.”

Jack Overkamp, Qatar managing director at Arcadis, added: “The opening of Doha Festival City is another important milestone in Qatar’s incredible journey.

“Arcadis is proud to have been involved on a scheme that’s helping to improve quality of life in Doha, by providing the city’s growing population with access to first-class leisure, retail, and entertainment facilities.”

In addition to Doha Festival City, Arcadis has worked on numerous retail and mixed-use developments across the Middle East, including City Walk, Mall of the Emirates, and Mirdif City Centre in Dubai; the Al Wahda mall in Abu Dhabi; and Muscat City Centre in Oman.

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