"""Shopping mall, hypermarket, schools & nurseries are all handed over to anchor tenants""
Barwa announces good news to Barwa City tenants as construction work for all the amenities inside the city are now completed and units are handed over to tenants to prepare for soft openings of their shops. The city is now 90% occupied and well become even more vibrant once shops and restaurants are all open. The group which announced last year financial results few days back, hides more announcements and news on progress in current developments and upcoming investment opportunities.
Barwa recorded recently the progress of Barwa City amenities operations and services provided to tenants of both the residential and the commercial units. The residential city in Mesaimeer area is a self-sufficient community offering 128 residential buildings with 6,000 residential units and a capacity to accommodate up to 25,000 residents. Among the many blocks of buildings inside Barwa City, many amenities exist divided into East Amenities and West Amenities.
The East Amenity provides a school with capacity of 2000 students, a shopping center, a multi-purpose hall, a big mosque (Juma mosque), in addition to 2 play grounds, one of which contains public toilets. Moreover, East Amenity has two different zones located North East & South East of the city, each zone consists of a mosque and a kindergarten.
The West Amenity, on the other hand, provides a school with capacity of 2000 students, a grand mosque that is bigger in size than the Juma mosque and a commercial complex over 2 floors, the first floor to gather shops, while the second floor is to serve as a food court. The West Amenity also provides a bank, a huge fitness center, and 2 play grounds; one of them contains public toilets. Similar to the East Amenity, there are two zones located North West & South West. The North West zone gathers a mosque and a kindergarten while the South West zone hosts the two villas which are part of the “Baytna” passivehaus experiment, and a kindergarten built near the two villas.
All the schools and kindergartens within Barwa City are leased by Newton International School, one school and two kindergartens are already operational while the remaining school and two remaining kindergartens are to open September 2014. Lulu Hypermarket is another anchor tenant in Barwa City as the popular hypermarket signed a deal with Barwa to lease the shopping center and the multi-purpose hall next to it. Lulu Hypermarket is scheduled to open the shopping center during the second quarter of 2014. Barwa City has good lighting during the night, the quiet atmosphere and the private community makes the city a great place for tenants who love to sport. All traffic lights around the city are now operational, except for one which will be activated soon.
The design and the building technologies used in Barwa City establish concepts of sustainability and advocate causes of safety, security and green living. Barwa City has an established infrastructure and services. The city provides the ‘District Cooling Technology’ which controls the weather inside the city, in addition to providing access to the natural gas supply lines and optical fiber broadband network which covers the whole City. Moreover, the city has a Sewage Treatment Plan which filters swage water to re-use it for planting.
As for the residential units, almost all of them are now occupied, yet leasing requests are still open for unfurnished studio units. The cozy studios are built over 29 sqm, perfect for bachelors, employees working nearby or those who are looking to live in a bigger community, with monthly rent of QR 2500 plus utility fees. Waseef property management company handles all leasing activities of Barwa City. The company looks after potential customers and communicates with them through the online communication channels and enquiry platforms. It also provides tenants and potential customers with a 24/7 access to the Call Centre Operations which addresses emergency, urgent, routine requests and leasing enquiries.
In addition to its property management solutions, Waseef curries out maintenance services within Barwa City to maintain quality living to the tenants. Among maintenance services provided, landscaping services, pest control, cleaning services, elevator maintenance, fire alarm, fire detection and firefighting system maintenance, security services, residential unit cleaning & client car wash services."