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Rendering of beach view of club

A luxury beach club and spa inspired by Scandinavian health and wellness principles of health is set to open at Katara Cultural Village this summer.

Situated at the north end of the cultural complex, Katara Beach Club’s facilities will include a 25m outdoor infinity pool, a private beach with cabanas, a sun deck and a gym.

It will be run by Stockholm-based Raison d’Etre, which has 120 spas in 60 countries, under the LivNordic brand.

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Rendering of front of club

The Katara club will be at the north end of the esplanade in the dome-topped building that has a flight of steps at the front.

The venue will primarily be a private members’ club, and joining comes with a hefty price tag. Membership costs QR23,000 a year for individuals or QR35,000 annually for families.

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Relaxation area

Day passes for non-members will also be available, at QR300 per person on weekends or QR250 during the week, according to the club’s website.

While not yet officially open, potential members can visit the venue. A staffer said the goal is to have the club up and running by mid-July.

‘Nordic wellness’

The 4,600 square meter club site includes an outdoor pool overlooking the bay. There are also sunbathing areas and a 230m stretch of private beach with loungers and cabanas.

Inside, the complex has been designed to reflect “Nordic wellness traditions,” both in the natural materials used and range of treatments offered.

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Salt rooms at Katara Beach Club

The facility is gender-segregated across two floors.

In addition to a cafe/juice bar, gym, class studios and 25m indoor pool, the spa facilities have a salt room, a snow room, a sauna and cold plunge pool.

A relaxation area “inspired by the Aurora Borealis (Northern lights)” also includes a fireplace.

Expansion

The beach club is one of several new developments scheduled to open in Katara this year.

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A rendering of the planned Katara Plaza

Just behind it is the under-construction Katara Plaza – an open-air complex of shops including a branch of French department store Gallerie Lafayette.

There will also be a quirkily-designed children’s mall, sculpted as a gift with a large ribbon; an Evian spa and  “edutainment” features such as a robotics lab, as well as a large candy store and kids’ salon, according to the development’s website.

The shops were originally slated to launch last year. But they are now scheduled to begin opening in 2017, according to Katara’s website.

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With just two weeks to go before Ramadan begins, a new “one-stop shop” for people gearing up for the month has debuted at Katara Cultural Village.

The Meerat Ramadan market is located on the south end of Katara and open daily from now through Eid (June 29).

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There, some 35 vendors are selling fresh produce, dates, nuts, honey, drinks, gifts and other items popular during the fasting month at affordable prices, officials said.

In a statement, Katara’s General Manager Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim al Sulaiti said:

“It is a one-stop place where visitors are welcome to enjoy a distinctive ambiance that combines the experience of shopping with spirituality.”

Ramadan is coming

Vendors at the market include Al Meera, Widam Food and Abu Yusuf Apiaries. There’s also Athba, a new local poultry farm in Doha that sells vegetable-fed chickens and quail birds, the Qatar Tribune reports.

There’s also a kid’s corner and a majlis.

Meerat Ramadan will be open from 4pm to 9pm daily for now. However, hours will likely change once the holy month begins, Katara said.

The exact beginning date of Ramadan has yet to be announced. But it is expected to be around Saturday, May 27.

Have you been to the market yet? Thoughts?

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Al Wakrah Yard

Starting next week, Qatar residents will be able to buy more locally-grown produce closer to home, after a new food festival kicks off at Katara Cultural Village on Jan. 3.

Like the popular local farmer’s markets, the Mahaseel (fresh produce) festival will host vendors selling Qatar-grown vegetables, fruit and poultry as well as flowers, honey, juice and dairy products.

But it will be a much closer venue for most people, as the current markets are located in Al Khor, Al Wakrah and Al Mazrouah (near Umm Salal Stadium).

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Katara

The festival will take place in the southern part of Katara near Parking Area 5 (see map here) and will run from Jan. 3 to Jan. 7 from 8am to 9pm.

It will then open again every weekend from 8am to 6pm until the end of April.

According to organizers at Katara, a total of 22 outlets and 12 vending trucks will take part.

Good value promise

Speaking to media this week, Katara’s General Manager Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti said that produce sold at the market would be “only the best quality.

He added that it would be cheaper than similar goods sold at the country’s wholesale markets.

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Farmer’s market produce

Additionally, Katara’s restaurants will be encouraged to buy the food they need for their outlets from the markets, Al Sulaiti said.

At the end of each day that the market is open, food will be donated to “needy families,” he added.

Katara will also host an exhibition about Nakheel Palm trees at the market. There, visitors will be taught how to plant one, as well as learn about the tree’s health benefits and importance in Qatar.

Additionally, visitors will be invited to take part in a weekly contest to win QR2,000 worth of shopping coupons.

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