Who We Are
AquaArt is the brand-name in creating custom aquariums and installations that are natural works of art. Our team has the distinction of working in-hand with interior designers, architects, craftsmen, and marine biologists from around the world to integrate aquatic life into the built environment. AquaArt’s aquaria are organic installations of water, light, space, vibrant colors and life. Through our close association with designers and our perfect understanding of the special needs of aquatic life, we create original, site-specific custom aquariums and installations that reflect the clients’ imaginative choices while being practical.
Other special projects which we can undertake include experimental water features, public aquarium sized projects, public and private ornamental fish ponds, and other glass and acrylic fabrications.
AquaArt was formed in 2008 in the state of Doha – Qatar by the Managing Director , Mr Tariq Almana. A visionary, he had a passionate interest in aquarium fish and wild life. Tariq set up AquaArt as his personal interest and brought together a group of talents in the industry from around the world to set up a company capable of handling larger size aquarium and zoo projects to service the need of the growing nation of Qatar and the surrounding GCC. Back then, there was an obvious dearth of quality aquarium equipment or expertise required in order to complete a successful large size aquarium project. Out of necessity and an opportunity to fill this void in the aquarium and pets market, AquaArt opened it’s flagship retail store to much fan-fare. The company took on the distributorship of major aquarium product brands which amongst others include Eheim from Germany, Seachem from USA, Aqua Design Amano and Hikari fish food from Japan and has become one of the most talked about Aquarium store in the Arabian Gulf.
Today, AquaArt has become a full service aquarium business with:
- The biggest Aquarium store in Qatar.
- A good team of well trained Aquarist performing maintenance on Corporate as well as private aquariums.
- A project management team capable of handling custom bespoke aquarium projects for demanding socialites of Qatar.
- A design and management team capable of handling Public Aquarium, Zoos and Museum scale work.
In 1996, AquaArt’s sister company achieved a corporate milestone with the successful completion of “The Symphony Fountain” for Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) in Malaysia, then the tallest building in the world. This signaled the company’s first step in regionalization of the AquaArt brand.
In 2006, AquaArt’s current General Manager was involved in the construction of the Acrylic installations for the Aquaria KLCC in Malaysia, which is till today the largest public aquarium in Malaysia.
In 2010 and 2011, AquaArt were commissioned by the Qatar Marine Festival Council (which is under the auspice of Qatar Foundation) to create the “Marine Life” exhibits at the annual Qatar Marine Festival. This exhibit was an enormous success as it managed to attract over 30,000 entries over 10 days in 2010 and over 50,000 in 2011!
Since 2010, AquaArt also installed over 100 aquariums for commercial and private residential entities in Qatar. Some notable works include aquariums for W-hotel, Intercontinental Hotel and Al-Sharq Ritz Carlton.
Exxon Mobil Marine Research Center’s Marine research aquariums and equipment in Qatar has also been built, designed and supplied by AquaArt since 2009.
Qatar Petroleum has also engaged the services of AquaArt for the aquarium displays during the annual Environment Fair in 2010 and 2011. In addition to that, AquaArt designed and maintains the 2.5m aquariums at Qatar Petroleum’s Main Office Building at Ras Laffan Energy.