Fahaheel in south Kuwait to be ready for next year

The development will include a mall, a residential complex and a five-star Rotana hotel

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By  Eudore Chand Published  March 26, 2005

The first stage of Madinat Fahaheel community project in Kuwait’s Fahaheel city is progressing well, and includes a waterfront shopping arcade called the Al Kout Shopping Mall, which has now opened. The overall community project is being constructed and managed by Tamdeen Real Estate. The Madinat Fahaheel development will also include Al Manshar, a commercial and residential complex, as well as a 200-suite five-star Rotana Hotel. It is to be completed by the autumn of 2006. Tamdeen Real Estate owns the Al Fanar Shopping Mall in the heart of Kuwait shopping district, Salmiyah. It claims that the Al Kout Shopping Mall is the only world-class shopping mall in southern Kuwait. “The vision of the Al Kout Shopping Mall project is to reinvent the city of Fahaheel so that nearby residents can have world-class quality shopping, entertainment and services on their doorstep,” said Ahmed Al Sarawi, deputy general manager for Tamdeen Real Estate. He announced that new the mall has been installed with Cisco Connected Real Estate framework for shopping malls. The system is based on IP technology and is being used to deliver new services to shoppers and tenants in the waterfront shopping mall. “It was important for us to partner with a company whose solution offered the possibility of installing a state-of-the-art communication system that is also capable of deploying additional services in the near future, such as advertisements through IP television, interactive kiosks and wireless connectivity to the shoppers, all of which are possible over the converged Cisco IP network,” Al Sarawi said. Today, most buildings — including shopping malls — are installed with multiple proprietary networks for building operations and management, as well as separate telecom and data communication networks. As a result, buildings that are complex to operate have high installation, integration and ongoing maintenance costs and have limited automation functionality. The Cisco Connected Shopping Mall framework promotes the convergence of these numerous networks onto the open standard of IP to streamline processes by providing a single connection for all building and IT systems. This single IP network for communications (voice, video and data) creates new opportunities for shopping mall owners, operators, tenants and consumers. “We are seeing huge growth and opportunities in the Middle East for innovative thought leaders like Tamdeen Real Estate in using an intelligent network to create differentiation and revenues,” said Ghazi Atallah, general manager for the Middle East at Cisco Systems. “We have already implemented similar infrastructures at leading international hotels, multi-tenant buildings and enterprises in Kuwait, elsewhere in the Gulf and around the world,” he added.

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