Qetaifan Island North to offer a new Edutainment experience in its Waterpark
Qetaifan Projects, the company owned by Katara Hospitality, announced that it has awarded the design and build contract for the edutainment immersive water ride in Qetaifan Island North to the British company Sarner International.
Sarner International is an award-winning design and audiovisual studio for the design, building, and installation of innovative experiences for brands, museums and theme parks all over the world.
This step comes within the construction works and augmented reality preparations for one of the 36 rides in the waterpark that also comprises the 80-meters high Icon Tower.
The Edutainment Ride is inspired by the history of oil discovery in Qatar. It explains the process of how oil is formed, located, drilled, extracted, transported, separated and then used in today’s world.
The ride follows a track through a set of scenes. With the addition of special effects such as; 3D mapping, Animatronics, Projection, Special Lighting, Heat, Vibration, Lightning, Drilling Machines and Fog Screens, the story is enhanced and enriched into an exciting and immersive ride with thrills and exhilaration throughout its’ length.
The ride will be designed in cooperation with Qatar Museums to ensure the quality of the content and its historical validity and to come out with the best realistic image stemming from the Qatari perspective and culture for oil exploration and extraction.
Guests enter the Edutainment Ride through an introductory exhibition, which explains some of the background events that happened when oil was first suspected in the region.
The attraction is housed in two buildings and one ride tower, and a cave house the log flume ride with entrance and exit exhibition areas to display the story, as well as disembarkation and embarkation of the ride.
Atkins will design the Edutainment Tower. From the platform, the guests are taken on to one of three boats of the ride and enter the Edutainment Cave, each boat can take a maximum of 16 guests.
After exiting the cave, the guests enjoy the outside section of the ride until they reach the Edutainment Tower; where the boat will be elevated to another level so they can enjoy the second half of multimedia presentations.
Head of the Business Development Department at Qetaifan Projects, Sheikh Nasser bin Abdulaziz, expressed his contentment, saying, “This cooperation comes as a continuation of the realization of the company's vision to make Qetaifan Island North the first entertainment destination of its kind in Qatar.
“This matter is of great importance and we consider it a national duty due to the contribution it will add in the sectors of tourism, hospitality and entertainment, not only that but in terms of competitive international standards that express the concerted efforts exerted in promoting Qatari tourism," he said.
He further mentioned, "This cooperation comes within a series of local and global partnerships that will prepare to host the 2022 World Cup and serve Qatar Vision 2030, especially since we at Qetaifan Projects are working to position Qetaifan Island North as a modern entertainment destination that provides a unique experience and actively contributes to providing sustainable solutions that serve tourism and hospitality.”
The island will be an integrated community of entertainment and housing by providing all facilities and services, the most important of which is the school and the medical center.
"The safety and security standards come on top of our interest in designing and constructing the waterpark, and accordingly we have chosen the best companies in this field to work on implementing and managing the waterpark,” he concluded.
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