MINSK, 24 November (BelTA) – It is important to create a place where people can come to have a walk and enjoy a day out, Founder of Emaar Properties, investor in the Northern Waterfront project Mohamed Ali Alabbar told journalists as he laid out plans to build a park, BelTA has learned.
Mohamed Ali Alabbar has implemented urban development projects around the world, including in Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates.
“I love Minsk very much and never stop admiring this city. The Tsnyanskoye Water Reservoir is an amazing place, so we want to landscape it and plant an incredible park there. I want to give Minsk residents something special. It doesn't matter whether you buy an apartment in our complex or not, it is important to create a place where people can come to have a walk and enjoy themselves. Our company is running a lot of large-scale projects around the world, and if you tour them, for example, in Albania, Serbia, the United Arab Emirates or Morocco, you will see that the first thing we do is building large embankments and social infrastructure facilities for people. Unfortunately, an earthquake happened in one of the countries where we are implementing our project. We have built free housing for those in need so that they could find shelter," Mohamed Ali Alabbar said.
Setting up a park as part of the Northern Waterfront project is one of the main investments of the company, Mohamed Ali Alabbar said. He added that it is important for him that people enjoy spending time in this park.
"I am always happy to come to Minsk. My mother also loves this city very much. So I have to do my job well not to upset her. A tender for the park will be announced within a month. At the moment we are calculating costs. We want to create something special. In July or August, I want to come here with my children and spend time with them in a new park. I hope the work will have been completed by that time. I understand that weather is making adjustments to the start of the construction, but we plan to order everything we need for the park in the near future,” the businessman said.
In H1 2023, a new park will open on the grounds of the Tsnyanskoye Water Reservoir to combine the beauty of nature and developed infrastructure. The park will feature modern playgrounds, jogging and bicycle paths, workout areas, ping-pong tables, and children's play areas. Basketball and volleyball courts will also be available in the area. Sculptures will be a draw of the park. The park will host temporary creative workshops for sculptors to work in the open air. Such an usual format will help sculptors immerse themselves in the creative process.