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Al Qasba is perhaps the most popular and happening place in the emirate of Sharjah. Set in an area with a manmade canal and other water features, and a massive Ferris wheel called the Eye of the Emirates, it has become the go-to weekend destination for residents and a fixture in many a tourist or visitor itinerary.
The waterfront attraction has a wide array of leisure options including play areas for kids. One of its famous activities to indulge in is going on a boat ride, a feature patterned after Venice, ideally on a wintry night. Restaurants and cafes, such as Nando’s, Sumo Sushi, Caribou Coffee and Gerard, dot the area, putting the place in the list of must-visit places in Sharjah.
Numerous dining options and leisure activities aside, Al Qasba is also a venue for several cultural events. The modern Masrah Al Qasba theater hosts a slew of performances – from poetry readings to plays and film shows. It can even be rented for conferences, corporate events and company parties. In addition, the three-storey Maraya Art Centre is a platform for local and international artists to showcase their craft, and for institutions or organizations to hold educational programs.
Al Qasba is also a business destination, offering state-of-the-art services and facilities that cater to and meet the demands of different kinds of businesses. The Al Qasba Business Centre offers various office space options that suit every budget – whether it is a startup or a multinational firm. Companies looking for a place to hold conferences, product launchings and the like can check out the huge Multaqa Al Qasba whose space can be modified or altered to suit any type of event. Small venues apt for small gatherings are also available. Meanwhile, the Al Qasba Plaza, which faces the canal, has several commercial space for rent. These include booths, kiosks and wagons, and space for outdoor events.
Overall, Al Qasba is not only a leisure address, but also a business destination.
• Al Qasba has several entertainment, leisure and dining options
• Business Centre offers small/big businesses various office space
• The Maraya Art Centre is a platform for local, international artists
Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer