Water. Our lives depend on it. It hydrates us and provides our food. It also allows transportation, commerce, power generation and promotes recreation and tourism. It is so central to our pastimes, that aquatic environments are arguably top traveller destinations. For these reasons, water is an important part of the concept behind Al Qana.
Ever had a bad day and went to the beach, lake, river, harbour, swimming pool or even taken a shower to feel better? Water allows us to unwind, relax and rejuvenate.
The calming power of these waterfront spaces on us has coined the term, ‘blue mind’, defined by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols as ‘the meditative state we fall into when near, in or under water’. This is a key part of the design at Abu Dhabi’s Al Qana development, the capital’s new entertainment, social and dining hub.
Recent research by ‘BlueHealth’ explains the positive relationship between blue spaces, health and well-being. It is suggested, when visiting a waterfront area, people:
These benefits are amplified even further by the number of times one visits, quality of the space, ease of access (i.e. location and car spaces) and elements of nature (such as landscaping).
The 2.4 kilometres of waterside access at Al Qana will allow everyone to enjoy an array of blue space activities, in the seven districts. One can engage in outdoor and indoor pursuits like walking, jogging or cycling along our marine walkways or community areas, dining in a water-view restaurant, using the wellness facilities or discovering our amazing 5000sqm aquarium. All in a unique destination designed as a gathering place. With so many options for residents, visitors, locals, expats, families, friends, young and old, Al Qana will be Abu Dhabi’s premier waterfront destination to feel rejuvenated, excited and alive.