Leading interior solutions provider, Havelock One was nominated as the fit-out contractor of Yalla! Bowling at Atyaf Mall. Situated opposite the newly-opened VOX Cinemas, this Yalla! Bowling is 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 10,500sqft venue beyond. Majid Al Futtaim appointed Unick Consulting to develop the design of this space. Majid Al Futtaim is growing its portfolio of brands that invite families and friends alike to celebrate togetherness and fun.

Bowling brand, which is already well established in multiple locations across the MENA region. The multi-disciplinary consultant was tasked to enhance and create a vibrant entertainment environment, combined with a variety of gaming and dining experiences, either as an integral element or a standalone location.

The latest Yalla! Bowling branch is located in the northeast of Riyadh at Atyaf Mall and is the third Yalla! Bowling destination in the Saudi capital, following Al Qasr Mall and Riyadh Park Mall.

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, Havelock One’s KSA-based fit-out team managed to implement the project within a tight timeline of five months.

Products and materials specified and sourced internationally that caused logistical challenges 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.

Photographer: Jamal Al-Mousa