All shops in City Center mall are now open for business, sources there have said, save for children’s entertainment area Fun City.
Both the ice skating rink and the cinema are now open at the shopping center, which reopened last week after a more than three-week closure to improve emergency preparedness following a deadly fire at Villaggio mall.
The return of the 14-screen Grand Cinema Palace was a relief to many bored residents, but some have complained that the air-conditioning is on the fritz, causing a few movie-goers to exit early.
@dohanews City Centre is not up to standard just yet. AC’s & ventilation in the movie theater were not working at all last night.
— Sarah Rabbani (@SarahRabbani) July 18, 2012
Because the May fire killed 13 children who were trapped inside of a nursery, Qatar appears to be taking painstaking measures to shore up children’s play areas.
The Peninsula reports:
“It’s good to keep the place closed until they meet all safety standards,” said a mother who takes her child often to the Fun City.
“Like all other play areas in shopping facilities, Fun City too has a small entrance and everything functions with electricity,” she said.
Play areas in malls and other shopping facilities are mostly run by private companies and they are not required to get special permission to set up a play area within the premises.
The country is also cracking down on its nurseries, imposing stricter health, hygiene, safety and academic requirements on them.
Credit: Photo courtesy of City Center’s Facebook page