Wael Al-Masri reveals plans for Sharjah’s Kalba Waterfront
International architecture firm Wael Al-Masri Planners and Architects has revealed the design for Kalba Waterfront, set in Sharjah’s eastern region.
The AED160million masterplan retail development will span 17,000m2 and include a leasing area of 11,200m2.
Adjacent to Kalba’s lagoon that’s surrounded by mangrove trees, the 86-outlet mall is designed to evoke an urban centre, with internal public streets where outlets and shops are spread along both sides. A popular feature will be the views of the lagoon though — optimised by the dining spaces.
“The project image reflects an attractive contemporary architectural expression, inspired by the rich Arabic heritage for souks, and in particular that of old Sharjah, which is reflected in the overall souk theme, massing and spatial characteristics as well as in finishes and details, and through its respect to environmental and cultural aspects,” said the firm’s founder Wael Al-Masri.
The mall is set to include indoor and outdoor restaurants, a children’s play area, a park, promenades, as well as a supermarket, family entertainment centre and large indoor dining areas.
Work on the Kalba Waterfront will commence in the first quarter of 2018 and the development is set for completion by the third quarter of 2019.