Qetaifan Projects on Monday unveiled the name of the Qetaifan Island North Waterpark – ‘Meryal’, including a live visual of the attraction, highlighting the opening of Cityscape Qatar’s 10th edition, which will run until June 22 at the Doha Convention and Exhibition Centre (DECC).
The unveiling ceremony was led by Qetaifan Projects managing director Sheikh Nasser bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani in the presence of Qetaifan Projects business development head Sheikh Nasser bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, and COO Hesham Sharaf, as well as the Qetaifan Projects team.
Qetaifan Projects is a real estate development company fully owned by Katara Hospitality and the developer of Qetaifan Island North.
Sheikh Nasser bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani said: “The name Meryal comes from our love for the Arabic language. It showcases our history and culture that we take pride in and it carries a word from the Qatari dialect to the world, which we hope will resonate worldwide with the promising future of Qetaifan Island North as a touristic haven and the waterpark as an entertainment and a cultural landmark added to other landmarks in Qatar.”
The emblem and the name of the waterpark were inspired by the Qatari culture, while the design of the waterpark was inspired by the history of the oil and gas discovery in Qatar. The name of the waterpark is easy to pronounce by everyone despite differences in language.
“The dream of Qetaifan Island North is about to become a reality: a project that started as a development of a waterpark that reflects our culture and history of the oil and gas discovery to the world and a contribution to the exposure of our identity that we take pride in.
“We are truly happy with what we have accomplished so far, especially given the challenges we have faced over the past couple of years. On behalf of Qetaifan Projects, we are proud to be working on this huge national project and we aspire to compete with and promote this distinct real estate project to international levels as the first recreational touristic destination that contributes to the promotion of our culture, as well as working to serve the country’s different sectors – perhaps the most prominent of which is the tourism and hospitality sectors,” Sheikh Nasser bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani added.
The waterpark area is approximately 281,000sq m, which comprises 36 waterslides and the Icon Tower – up to 85m high with 12 waterslides for the adventurous and excitement enthusiasts, leading as the world’s tallest waterslide by Guinness World Records.
It will also include a discovery game with a 3D display and augmented reality technology that will take visitors on a historic journey back in time to learn more about the history of oil and gas discovery in Qatar and experience it first-hand.
Sheikh Nasser bin Abdulaziz al-Thani said, “The design of the waterpark was inspired by the history of the oil and gas discovery in Qatar, adding to it a historical and a cultural aspect, and establishing the identity of the waterpark.
“The colours used in the waterpark are rusty to give the visitors an idea and the feel of the oil and gas fields but in the form of a waterpark. There is no doubt that there is nothing better than the history of the discovery of oil and gas in Qatar, which is actively contributing to the development of our country, as well as promoting and showcasing our history and culture.”