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Lahore reaches new heights with SZC

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This interesting image shows estimation of heights of buildings at the under-construction Sheikh Zayed Centre (SZC) in Lahore. The mighty development is situated on Ferozpur Road, just between Daewoo Station and the Qaddafi Stadium on the opposite side of the road. Construction has started in full swing with initial digging activity at the construction site.

As UrbanPK reports, the complex is to host a 5-star Grand Hyatt Hotel, and high-rise luxury apartments to be managed by Hyatt Residency.

Initiated as a Joint Venture between the Dhabi Group of UAE and Government of the Punjab, the project is covered by a holding company called TA`AVUN (Pvt.)Ltd. which will be responsible for managing the project. Turner International (one of the largest construction companies in the US have been hired as contractors/builders; whereas HOK – a firm that designs buildings for Donald Trump, has been retained as Project Consultants & Architects).

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Project: Sheikh Zayed Centre, Lahore
Location: Ferozepur Road, Lahore
Maximum Height: 60+ Storeys
Maximum Area: 91 Kanals
Appartment Floors:20-25 (3 Towers)
Parking Capacity: 4,000 vehicles in 4 basements
Jobs Creation: 30,000
Cost: $500 Million + (unconfirmed)
Status: Under Construction
Completion Date: 2010
Designed by: Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum
Ligthing by: Fisher Marantz Stone (FMS) – also working on Burj Dubai
Developers: Taavun (Pvt.) Ltd. – a JV between Dhabi Group of UAE & Govt. of the Punjab
Contractor:EMAAR

Special Feautres:

– Tallest building in Pakistan by its completion
– 60+ storey main tower; visible even from Wagha Border
– 5-Star Grand Hyatt Hotel
– Multiple appartment blocks managed by Hyatt Residency
– Conference seating capacity of 5,000+
– Pakistan’s first Ice Rink
– Exclusive shopping mall
– Corporate offices, mini cinemas
– Overhead covered bridge connection with the Qaddafi Stadium

More on Sheikh Zayed Centre, Lahore:

UrbanPK
Skyscrapercity
Wikipedia
FMS

Clarks @ Model Town, Link Road

After The Body Shop, NEXT and Mothercare opened doors of their first outlets in Lahore, the world famous Clarks Shoes are also now availabe in the city.

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Their first outlet at Model Town, Link Road appears to be housing a decent collection of classy shoes. I haven’t checked it my self, but if someone among you does, drop us a review about it…

Levi’s Factory Outlet

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A Levi’s Factory Outlet recently opened in Lahore on main Peco Road, Township. I haven’t had the chance to go inside yet so can’t say much about the collection and discounts on offer. I hope they aren’t selling the defected stock – just the extra or old-fashion ones.

By the way, aren’t factory outlets supposed to be near the factories?!? :-S

Spring Sale – City becomes a Shopper’s Paradise

Shalwar Kameez – Rs.400/-
Plain T-Shirt – Rs.350/-
Designer Rug 6/8 – Rs.4000/-

These are only a few picks from everything that is on sale at ChenOne these days. The amazing Open House Sale continues till April 7th with discounts on items upto unbelievable 50%. And if you happen to be a ChenOne Privelege Club member, add an additional 10% off on each and everything on the shelves.

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ChenOne , however, is not the only place to shop at unbelievably low prices this spring, rather, the red hot tags have been cut down upto 70% at Men’s Store while many other major labels including Amir Adnan, Junaid Jamshed, and Maria B are also offering far more for less as they clear previous stock to pave way for upcoming Summer Collections. The only difficulty can be finding the right choice in right sizes with evergreen fashion cuts. So, hurry up to catch the fever and go on a spending-spree for it’s an opportunity not to be missed.

into Chicken? Head to Liberty!

By ‘Chicken’ I mean the unedible eyelet cotton fabric available in markets all over Liberty Market currently. I ended up in Liberty Market by accident , and a fortunate one it turned out to be! Tons of new ware to sift through since my last visit in December ’06, in the frenzied Shaadi Season. This time around I didn’t have to shuffle with the crowd, and made the experience quite pleasant.
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Thumbprints on the Fortress

A LMB visitor, Asad ur Rehman, just like many of us must have, noticed the latest high-tech security related practice of authorities taking thumb-prints of everyone entering the Fortress Stadium in the cantonment area. This seems to be the first public place in Pakistan to get a security check system based on biometrics.

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Fountains near the Fortress Stadium
Source: *_*’s flickr

In fact, it was exactly what I was thinking about when I visited the place by myslef yesterday. As far as I am informed, this new practice has started from just a few weeks back.

This may have something to do with preventing unwanted people inside the exclusive shopping circle of the Fortress; a precaution against increasing street crime including mobile phone snatching and car-theft, or just another gimmick to enhance the exlusivity of the place!

What do you guys think about it?

Makro arrives in Lahore

After its recent Karachi launch, the first wholesale supermarket chain of its kind in Pakistan, MAKRO, opens its doors to customers in Lahore. Their first store in the city opened yesterday at Ravi Road, where interestingly I’ve never been to.

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MAKRO is a Dutch chain of large-scale wholesale supermarkets having a strong presence in many countries around the world. In Pakistan, it entered the market as a joint venture between its parent company SVH and one of the biggest business establishments of the country, the House of Habib to launch as Makro Habib Pakistan Limited.

I long to visit the place myself. It would be great if someone could have a round and send us some live pics of it.

Valentine’s Day Gift-selling Spree

Valentine’s Day was here and it gave all of us the pleasure of expressing our feelings to our loved ones.

For those who are still left behind, we wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!!

The city was blushing with gift-stores, bookshops, and vendors on the road all selling gifts, balloons, flowers, cards, cakes and related stuff full of expression of love.

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One of the hot-spots; The Shoppe

Whether it’s right to celebrate such events in our society or not, one thing is clear that there are people in masses who consider them to bring much-needed happiness and celebration in their lives.

Guide to Bakra Shopping Places

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A notice issued by the District Government of Lahore regarding places where you can buy animals for sacrifice on Eid-ul-Azha.

Lahore’s 3rd Gift to the World: Anarkali Bazaar

“In the spirit of all the holiday gift giving that will be taking place over the next couple of months, all the Metroblogging cities are giving 7 gifts to the world throughout the week of NOV 26th – DEC 2. Lahore comes up with its 3rd Gift to the World.”

Anarkali Bazar, named after the famous courtesan of Emperor Akbar’s court, Anarkali, is one of the most enchanting places in Lahore.

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Anarkali Bazaar, Lahore

Founded by Emperor Jahangir some 400 years back, Anarkali Bazar is one of the oldest surviving markets in South Asia. Originating from the Mall near Lahore Museum, it’s just like a maze of narrow alleys and lanes stretching northwards towards Old Lahore.

It has a captivating history related to the character after which it is named. According to the legend Mughal Emperor Akbar’s son Prince Salim fell in love with Anarkali, Emperor Akbar’s coutesan who was given the title of Anarkali; ‘Pomegranate Blossom’ due to her charm and beauty by the Emperor himself.

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Anarkali’s Tomb, Lahore

When exposed, their relationship was disapproved by Emperor Akbar as Anarkali was a dancing girl and was of no noble birth. When the lovers rebelled against the Emperor, Anarkali was buried alive in a wall which is said to be located within the bazaar. Her tomb is still there housed in the Punjab Secretariat near Anarkali Bazaar. Engraved on Anarkali’s grave is a couplet in Persion by Prince Salim a.k.a Emperor Jahangir:

“Ah! could I behold the face of my beloved once more, I would give thanks to my God until the day of resurrection.”

While strolling through its narrow paths, one can imagine the legend to be true and go back in time to the era of Anarkali. Hundreds of years old buildings, dazzling shops and buzzing streets make this bazaar so unique in its charm and character.

Anarkali Bazar is a shopper’s heaven selling virtually everything from handicrafts to soveniers; antiques to artifacts; electronics to every sorts of cloth, ready made garments and woven clothing. Prices are quite affordable and much lesser than other commercial areas of the city. Plus, while in Anarkali, you must bargain hard, for chances are you may succeed in getting things on as much as 50% of their listed price.
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