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Havelock One strikes with the refit of a bowling alley in Saudi Arabia

KSA, September 2021: Popular MENA brand Yalla! Bowling opens its latest branch with interiors fitted out by Havelock One.

Situated opposite a newly-opened VOX Cinemas, this Yalla! Bowling in the northeast of Riyadh at Atyaf Mall, is the third Yalla! Bowling destination in the Saudi capital.

It’s a standalone leisure facility and diner, combining eight lanes of bowling alongside pool tables, foosball and air hockey, with a mix of lane-side booth seating and high tables.

Visible from the mall side through shopfront glazing, customers have full visibility of the 10,500 sq. ft. venue beyond. Materials are chosen to be robust and neutral, acting as a backdrop to the main attractions within, and the combination of digital screens and themed artwork creates an environment suited to all age groups.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions during the height of the pandemic, the Havelock One’s KSA-based fit-out team managed to implement the project within a tight timeline of five months.

Logistical challenges of sourcing products and materials internationally were addressed with temporary solutions from local providers; Havelock One’s factory in Askar, Bahrain manufactured all joinery, seating, tables and feature ceiling items as well as the F&B counter and bulkhead made of laminated patterned glass.

Havelock One has worked on numerous project developments of VOX Cinemas and indoor gaming centre Magic Planet, which are portfolio brands of the Emirati holding company, Dubai-based Majid Al Futtaim.

Multi-disciplinary architecture firm Unick Consulting to develop Yalla! Bowling. With an extensive portfolio of cinema projects, the Scottish studio was tasked to “enhance and create a vibrant entertainment environment” to attract families and friends returning to indoor attractions as outdoor temperatures in the region soar.

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