Qatar's Tarfee City
Qatar Entertainment Development
What is it?
It's not yet. The whole project is not likely to be completed for four to five years, although parts of it may come on board before then.
Where is it?
Lusail, Qatar. There was an entertainment complex before in the area called Aladdin's Cave but it is, well, rubbish.
Will this be rubbish too?
Not a chance Qatar wants to compete with its more well known neighbour, Dubai.
So what's going to be there?
Pretty much everything a snow dome, water park, a kilometer long beach, climate controlled pedestrian walkways, an aquarium, a rain forest...
Hang on a rainforest? I thought Qatar was a desert country!
Yes, but Dubai's got one.
Ah, I see. So this is essentially a theme park to compete with Dubai?
More than that. To quote the Gulf Times it will be "a place where families, visitors, residents and tourists meet to experience a blend of the old and the new as a variety of architectural styles reflect the natural evolution from trading port to a sophisticated family destination."
It's going to be a bit of everything, basically. There will be luxury villas and apartments, five star hotels, shopping, restaurants and of course theme parks.
So it's going to be big?
You bet over a million metres of property divided into five districts, with each district linked by a canal with water taxis and an air-conditioned track "meandering through luxury villas, sea view apartments, five star hotels, boardwalks, beaches, restaurants, cafes, shops and world-class entertainment zones."
Canals? I though camels would have been more appropriate than canals.
Dubai's got them. Although, in fact Qatar has already got canals complete with gondolas in Villagio Shopping Mall.
Anyway, the residents, tourists and so on will be able to use 50,000 square metres of theme parks, with sub themes of castles, forts, forgotten kingdoms, water and so on. There will also be shopping, comprising a mixture of modern shopping malls and traditional souqs.
But Doha's a small place where are all the visitors for this entertainment city going to stay?
In the four thousand hotel rooms going to be built on the complex.
So where can I find out more about what it's name again?
Everyone calls it Entertainment City, but it's also known as Tar fee City. They will have a web site, entertainmentcity.com although at the time of writing it is under construction.
You can also have a look at this Gulf Times article Qatar Entertainment City: a True Family Destination (but brace yourself for an unparagraphed wall of text) or at this thread on the SkyScraper City: Proposed Entertainment City.
You could also contact the main investors in the project:
Abu Dhabi Investment House