In a meeting with upcoming and prospective tenants today at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha, Lagoona management shed the light on the latest developments that are taking Qatar's first upscale boutique centre, Lagoona, a step further towards its expected partial opening on March 21st, 2011 to mark the beginning of Spring and Mother's Day. Leased by Darwish Holding, one of Qatar's long-standing business conglomerates, and set at the heart of the prestigious West Bay neighborhood, Lagoona will offer discerning customers a unique, stylish, modern and elegant shopping lifestyle in comfortable and fashionable luxurious interiors.
Lagoona will host a gamut of local, regional and international retailers with anchor tenants such as Fifty One East, Pari Gallery, Marina Home Interiors and Carrefour Market. "Firsts" in Qatar will include Porsche Design, Point Zero, Adolfo Dominguez, Mephisto, Jeff De Bruges, Nara Camicie, Riva, Goelia, Cortefiel, Spiegelberg, Springfield, Al Zain, Kayra, Blanco, Fruits & Passion, Sugar & Spice, Wagamama Restaurant, A Zigo Zago Italian Restaurant, Hindeez Indian fine dining Restaurant and Marrakesh Restaurant. Lagoona will also comprise a host of well-known brands such as Bose, Al Majed Jewellers, Al Muftah Jewellery, Al Qurashi, Bang & Olufsen, Boutique Veleno, Al Jaber Opticians, Ray-Ban, MANGO, Birkenstock, Adidas, Reebok, Q-tel, Häagen-Dazs, Hediard Café, Chili's and McDonald's. Additionally, Lagoona will feature a range of other renowned names the likes of Bree, Edible Arrangements, Occhiali Optics, Bert's Café, Tuc Tuc, Table Arts, Moreschi, Kare Design, Crono, Clarks, La Senza, Nail Studio, Vendome Pharmacy, Al Khozama Tobacco.
Mr. Ronald Meiers, Management Consultant, Lagoona project said: "In a region that is becoming accustomed to world-class shopping avenues and boulevards, Lagoona stands out with its unique air of timeless elegance and glamour. With a new philosophy in style and structure, Lagoona transcends the sense of being a mere shopping destination into the realm of sophisticated lifestyle experience. We are very confident that Lagoona will raise the bar for convenience and ease of shopping, particularly when Qatar is moving from one success to another and experiencing unparalleled growth internationally. With the World Cup to be staged in Qatar in 2022, an influx of new comers - most of whom will make Doha their new home as early as 2011 - will need to be exposed to the rich cultural heritage of the country combined with elements of style that are far beyond the ordinary – and that's where Lagoona comes."
Lagoona is a two-level, 51,000 square meters shopping mall housing over 160 stores, 15 F&B outlets and 2,000 parking lots. It is attached to Qatar's first zigzag-shaped towers, of 34 floors each. Lagoona is strategically erect amidst several 5-star hotels and resorts and key mixed-use projects such as The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Hyatt, The Diplomatic Club, The Doha Golf Club and The Pearl-Qatar and is the gateway to Qatar's second largest city Lusail which will be home to over 200,000 of residents.
As a concept the Lagoona name was a natural choice. It takes as its inspiration the elements of life reflected in the mall and its surroundings, where a natural lagoon plays homage to light, space, air, water and rich experiences. Space and style fuse together in every facet in the retail side of the mall, and air and water provide a sparkling energy to events in the European-styled Piazza, turning Lagoona into a destination for best retail shopping and inspiring life experiences.
Designed to portray timeless elegance in a welcoming vibrant exterior, Lagoona features elegant chandeliers and rich mahogany accents enhancing its intimate ambiance. Lagoona's panoramic skylights, custom-designed clam-shaped dome and translucent glass inserts add an abundance of natural light throughout. Lagoona will also house a one-of-a-kind piazza, an exceptional destination for entertainment, with a plethora of casual fine dining and gourmet outlets.
Lagoona's anchor, up-market tenant is the two-storey 13,000 square meter-flagship Fifty One East with its wide palette of iconic brand names such as Georges Chakra, Georges Hobeika, Rabih Keyrouz, Nancy Gonzales, Zagliani, Brioni, Lanvin, Kiton, Smalto, Pasquale Bruni, Rolex, Chanel, Sony and Yamaha. Fifty One East at Lagoona is designed by RYA Design Consultancy whose works world-wide include Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Shinsegae Korea and Parkson Kuala Lumpur.