Sharjah Sharjah

There’s a new development that promises to set the Sharjah life in motion–A leisure destination that will attract fun-seekers from across the UAE to the sleepy Sharjah. When it is complete, Qanat Al Qasba project will encompass 40 retail and service operations.
So far, only a few of these have opened. But it is already striking enough, especially at night when bathed in the eerie glow of floodlights.

The heart of the project, which was officially inaugurated in April, is a canal.
On each side run glistening white Andalusia-inspired terraces fronted by broad tiled walkways currently dotted with kiosks selling gooey Arabic ice cream and carpets bearing hyper-realist portraits of Bedouin horsemen.
The two banks are linked by a humped footbridge.
On one side stands a 1,000-seater yellow and blue-striped circus marquee and on the other a giant 60-metre tall observation wheel studded with twinkling bulbs.
Qanat Al Qasba’s cerebral offerings are concerts, lectures and exhibitions in its Arts and Antiques Bazaar.
Its plush 400-seater theatre is currently hosting a weekly series of Arab films specially subtitled in English.
Next week the centre will host jazz concert and master classes featuring French jazz singer Anne Ducros.
The fun and edification combo also cuts horizontally through the pearly terraces. Their upper storeys house a variety of cultural entities and charities. On the ground floor a perfect blend of caf

2 Comments so far

  1. tanveer (unregistered) on November 29th, 2005 @ 12:22 pm

    Thats good that atleast there will be some quality entertainment avilable, in Sharjah. But one never seems to be noticed it, coz nobdoy is advertising these events, there is no publicity. One can only come to know about these events, when travelling on Al tawun road by looking at the hoardings on road side.

    by the way I visited chinese circus there last month, it was good fun.

  2. artraj (unregistered) on November 29th, 2005 @ 12:44 pm

    Yikes… that image again! been trying to fit that image of the qanat into a magazine layout elegantly for the past 0.5 hr…. :P

    but na… the Qanat is actually quite a nice place.. Hats off to Bedour Qassimi and her excellent initiative.

    also..was down at the Qasba for the Ann Ducros ( with Kamal Musallam) concert last weekend – it was great.. so i give it a star!!!………..

    ……. so far

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