On Sunday, 6 November 2016, more than 50 young volunteers from Qatar and around the world have begun a 20-day project to conserve the historic Al Zubarah heritage site. Ali Bin Ali Group, along with Seashore Group and Ooredoo, is a proud sponsor of the project, which forms part of Unesco’s World Heritage Volunteers’ ‘Together for Heritage’ campaign.
The initiative, which comes within the framework of the Unesco World Heritage Education Programme, aims at increasing awareness and reinforcing the importance of conserving and protecting world heritage. Al Zubarah, Qatar’s largest heritage site, has been named a Unesco World Heritage Site and is one of the best-preserved examples of an 18th century merchant town in the Gulf region.
To celebrate the commencement of the project in Qatar, volunteers from all over the world attended a welcome reception at Al Zubarah on Sunday.
Speaking at the event, Mr Adel Ali Bin Ali, Chairman of Ali Bin Ali Group, said: “Ali Bin Ali Group is unwaveringly committed to the elevation of Qatar’s national heritage. Qatar’s Al Zubarah site offers an outstanding testimony to our thriving urban trading and pearl-diving traditions from centuries ago. With Unesco rightly recognising the importance of this historical site, Al Zubarah deserves the highest commitment from us all to protect, preserve and showcase this national treasure. As a private sector organisation that is deeply proud of the historical roots of our nation, we consider it a privilege and an honour to step forward as a sponsor of this initiative in order to preserve its significance for future generations.”
Now in its ninth consecutive year, the ‘Together for Heritage campaign’ seeks to mobilise and involve young people aged 18-30 years and youth organisations in World Heritage preservation and promotion.
The Ali Bin Ali Group is set to operate the iconic “Katara Plaza” project. The star project is being built at the Cultural Village Foundation “Katara”, and is poised to be a unique commercial plaza that includes a series of features, which are the first of its kind in Qatar. The project will be developed in line with the atmosphere of global culture offered by Katara. At Katara Hall, the world got its first glimpse of “Katara Plaza” on Sunday, 8th of March 2015 at an innovative press conference which utilized state of the art technology to demonstrate the exceptionality of the project. By engaging the strengths of a 4D show, a technology employed for the first time in Qatar for an event of this nature, the Ali Bin Ali Group was able to give the foreign & local press who gathered the opportunity to discover what “Katara Plaza” was all about.
“Katara Plaza” project, which is one of the planned projects included in an agreement jointly inked by Ali Bin Ali Group with Katara, will provide a distinct experience as it blends a classical architectural experience with traditional heritage. The “Katara Plaza” project will offer a relaxed atmosphere and designated spaces for shoppers, including some of the most famous brands in the world. This project will also offer recreational experiences, in line with culture and entertainment. It will exemplify innovation. The project will have a pioneering, air-conditioned and open space that provides year round comfort utilizing a state of the art system that uses the latest ground cooling technology, thereby presenting a perfect blend of artistic architecture, innovation and maximum comfort.
Speaking of this new venture, Mr. Nabeel Ali Bin Ali, Vice Chairman & EVP of the Ali Bin Ali Group said “The Ali Bin Ali Group recognizes the tremendous potential for growth available in the Qatari market, supports the Qatar National Vision 2030 and promotes the country’s status as a true trendsetter in the Gulf region. It is with great pleasure and excitement that we have embarked on this project. “Katara Plaza” will open its doors in 2016. We expect that “Katara Plaza” would unlock a unique world class shopping experience offering the Qatari market many first of its kind experiences that can be valued and enjoyed as never before”. The Dot is pleased to report that among the deals inked already, is the arrival of Galeries Lafayette to Qatar. The Ali Bin Ali Group has succeeded in attracting the well known French department store which is the undisputed leader in department store retailing in France and other global locations in the areas of fashion, luxury goods, accessories, perfumes, cosmetics, leisure, gastronomy and home interiors.
Another distinguished tenant who has already secured its place within “Katara Plaza” is the French natural mineral water brand evian®. Through this confirmed tenancy at Katara Village, Qatar will welcome one of the very few exclusive evian®SPA in the world.
The children’s mall is a unique and pioneering experience in the region and an example of innovation and architectural design. This commercial complex, which is the first of its kind in the Middle East, seeks to surprise visitors and draw a smile on their faces, within an overwhelming atmosphere of joy and fun. Moreover, “Katara Plaza” project will provide residents of “Katara Hills” project with the opportunity of firsthand experience of this outstanding environment. The tenants of spaces in “Katara Plaza” who have signed contracts, share a vision that entails providing a unique experience for anyone who sets foot on this pioneering project. What distinguishes this project is the integration of visual aesthetics, entertainment, hospitality, trademarks, leisure, art and culture all in one outstanding area.