evianSpa announced for Doha, designed by Leyk & Wollenberg Architecture and Atelier GH

by Helen Andrews | 19 Mar 2015

An evianSpa will open in 2016 as part of a 38,000sq m (409,029sq ft) plaza development in Doha’s Cultural Village Foundation Katara.

The first phase of the development opened to the public in October 2010.

Leyk & Wollenberg Architecture and Atelier GH will lead the design of the evianSpa project. Gael Hiétin of Atelier GH developed the evianSpa global design concept and is known for his multi-sensory projects.

Qatari operator Ali Bin Ali Group will run the Katara Plaza which will be anchored by French department store Galeries Lafayette – designed by architect Bruno Moinard.

Laurent Houel, evian’s global brand director and owner of the evianSpa concept, outlined the partnership between evian and Ali Bin Ali: “The Middle East is an important market for evian and Ali Bin Ali Group is a great partner for us already. What is more, the Katara Plaza project shows great ambition, creating an iconic space, blending multiple experiences of art and culture, entertainment and leisure, retail and wellbeing. This project will reinforce evian’s premium position with a top of the range concept – representing the brand’s identity and core values.”

To complete the project, Ali Bin Ali has worked with evianSpa’s Doha team, coordinated by international spa project manager and evianSpa’s international business developer Patrick Saussay, owner of G.P.S.A.

Houel said: “Evian has always been associated with the wellbeing and health sector, since its discovery in 1789 to the opening of the first thermal baths in its Evian les Bains birthplace in 1824 in France – and today the Evian Resort experience. Palace Hotel Tokyo was the first evianSpa outside the flagship resort in France. We intend to develop only a few evianSpa projects to ensure the right level of exclusivity.”

Nabeel Ali Bin Ali, vice chair and EVP of Ali Bin Ali said: “The Ali Bin Ali Group recognises the tremendous potential for growth available in the Qatari market and we support the Qatar National Vision 2030 to achieve economic growth. We expect that Katara Plaza will unlock a world class shopping experience, offering the Qatari market many first-of-its-kind experiences.”

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An evianSpa will open in 2016 as part of a 38,000sq m (409,029sq ft) plaza development in Doha’s Cultural Village Foundation Katara. The first phase of the development opened to the public in October 2010. Leyk & Wollenberg Architecture and Atelier GH will lead the design of the evianSpa project. Gael Hiétin of Atelier GH developed the evianSpa global design concept and is known for his multi-sensory projects. Qatari operator
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