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Marassi Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Havelock One completed the turnkey fit out of an anchor attraction within Bahrain's high-end lifestyle and shopping destination – Marassi Galleria.

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  • ClientEmaar Entertainment
  • LocationBahrain
  • scope of workTurnkey fit out
  • Size30,031 sq. ft.
  • SectorEntertainment, Edutainment
  • timeline2024

This unique edutainment zone is the first of its kind in the Kingdom, featuring 360,000 litres of water and over 200 fish species. The attraction is designed by FACE Architecture + Design and divided into four ecological zones: Rainforest, Ocean Trench, Jellyfish (Boom Room), and Reef Zone. As the entrusted executor for this groundbreaking project, Havelock One played a crucial role in transforming the space from a shell & core to an attraction that now holds 45 aquatic exhibits, ticketing counters, point of sale displays, a ‘Lab of the Future,’ Tree Top Café, and several back-of-the-house zones. The project consists of a lower-level underwater aquarium and a mezzanine research level featuring a 20-foot-long digital tunnel with multiple interactive exhibits.

Our Bahrain fit out teams carried out several complex activities, including the lifting and shifting of panels weighing 6.5 tons and measuring 9 meters by 3 metres. We also had to manage intricate logistics of placing the HVAC equipment on the roof. For the concreting works, a 270-meter-long concrete routing was installed from the mall exterior to the aquarium unit inside the mall. We also installed a busbar from the basement to the zone for stage-wise construction, and the ingenious design of a temporary gantry girder was achieved to complete the works of several exhibits within the zone.

The entire project journey, including the critical logistics movement, was met with precision and expertise. The Rope Bridge, a unique feature, adds an element of thrill and adventure to this unparalleled aquatic experience.

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