Rabat - If everything goes as planned, construction on Rabat’s Grand Theater will be finished by early 2019, announced Said Zarrou, the Director General of the Agency for the Development of the Bouregreg Valley (AAVB), on Friday, July 7.
Rabat – If everything goes as planned, construction on Rabat’s Grand Theater will be finished by early 2019, announced Said Zarrou, the Director General of the Agency for the Development of the Bouregreg Valley (AAVB), on Friday, July 7.
Composed of a large multi-purpose room with over 1,822 seats and accommodations for different types of shows, the Grand Theater is expected to welcome visitors by the end of the first half of 2019, explained project manager Lotfi Benchekroun to Magreb Arab Press (MAP).
“The theater also has a small modular room, which has 127 seats, a restaurant with panoramic views, shops, cafes and a bookstore,” added Benchekroun.
The project manager indicated that the progress of the project is 75 percent in terms of structure, while the overall progress is at 40 percent.
The Grand Theater’s design is the creation of the famous late British architect of Iraqi origin Zaha Hadid, known for her avant-garde designs and prestigious architectural works.
Zarrou explained to MAP that Rabat’s Grand Theater is part of the Bouregreg Valley Development Program, launched by King Mohammed VI in January 2006.
Bouregreg Valley Development Project aims to transform the urban landscape on both sides of the Bouregreg river and to enhance its attractiveness. According to Zarrou, construction works of the project are “going well.”
Covering an area of 6,000 hectares, the project encompasses various facilities, including the Grand Theater of Rabat, the Heritage House, the Museum of Archeology, the House of Music and Performing Arts, skate parks, and swimming pools.
It also includes public transport facilities, in particular the projects of urban ring road, which aim to establish extensions of the tramway of Rabat-Salé and the parkway of Salé.