Region: Middle East

The construction of Meryal Waterpark, the most anticipated attraction at Qetaifan Island North in Qatar is well underway and an Alimak elevator plays a vital role at the main attraction.

Upon completion, it will form part of a luxurious community made up of hotels and world-class facilities that the natural resources and rich culture of the Middle East region have inspired.

Construction of the waterpark began in 2019 and is being managed by property developers Qetaifan Projects. Expected to open in 2023, the waterpark will span an impressive 137,000 square metres, with 36 waterslides for visitors to enjoy. This includes body, raft and tube rides that offer various experiences.

The main attraction is undoubtedly the 85-metre-high “Icon Tower”, which will be situated on a man-made island and contain the highest waterslide in the world. Located 300 metres offshore, it will be accessed via train and include food and beverage outlets, changing facilities, retail spaces and cabanas. As well as water slides, the park will consist of dry rides, fountains, and children’s play structures, ensuring Qetaifan Island North caters to a wide range of visitors.

The construction of Meryal has been heavily inspired by Qatari culture, more specifically the oil and gas industries, and this will be most evident in the designs of the rides.

Due to the project’s unique requirements, Alimak were chosen by Qetaifan Projects to provide vertical access products at the waterpark thanks to our tried and trusted leading rack and pinion technology, which differs from normal traction elevators.

To help transport guests to and from the entertainment zone for at least 8 hours a day, Alimak’s expert team provided an Alimak SE 2000 elevator system, consisting of two independent elevators operating on a single mast column. The elevator has two landings, as well as a capacity of 2,000 kg and a speed of 0.6 m/s.

Alimak also provided electrical components with ingress protection rating up to IP67 and advanced automatic door-opening technology to meet the park’s stringent safety requirements.

Location: Meryal waterpark, Qetaifan Island North, Lusail City, Qatar
Industry type: Entertainment
Application: Waterslide tower
Elevator model: ALIMAK SE 2000 FC
Elevator capacity: 2,000 kg
Elevator car size: 1.56 m x 1.95 m x 2.17 m (W x L x H
Speed: 0.6 m/s
Lifting height: 4 m
No. of landings: 2

Five Alimak rack and pinion elevators has been installed at Arab Potash Plant located on the shore of the Dead Sea in Jordan. It is an extremely harsh environment which sets high demands on the elevators durability and reliability.

Alimak has supplied five Alimak rack and pinion elevators for Arab Potash Co. Ltd’s plant optimisation and production expansion project. The project is located on the shore of the Dead Sea approximately 110 km (68 miles) from Amman, capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Arab Potash is producing potash for agriculture, industrial potash for the chemical industry, industrial salt, bromine and NPK fertilizers. Fertilizers and industrial grades are produced from the unique brines of the Dead Sea in a naturally driven environmentallyfriendly process.


The Alimak elevators will be installed to facilitate maintenance and inspections at the existing plant’s product dewatering structure, screen and compaction structure, product centrifuge structure and carnallite process structure. One elevator will also be installed at the compaction structure at Arab Potash’s new compaction plant which is expected to be operational in the coming year.


Noted as the world’s saltiest bodies of water, the Dead Sea is an extremely harsh environment; which sets high demands on the elevators durability and reliability. To handle the severe and abrasive atmosphere, the elevator cars have been manufactured of stainless steel and are also equipped with the modern ALC-II microprocessor-based control system, in-car fan, auto alarm, emergency phone, and overload sensing device.

The Alimak elevators are reaching heights of between 20 m and 38 m and have a payload capacity of 1,800 kg. Each is equipped with frequency control motors for smooth operation.


Location: Potash Plant, Dead Sea, Jordan
Project: APC Plant optimisation & production expansion projects
No. of elevators: 5
Elevator type: Rack and pinion
Elevator model: ALIMAK SE 1800 FC
Capacity: 1,800 kg
Speed: 0.6 m/s
Elevator car size: 1.56 m x 1.95 m x 2.17 m (W x L x H)
Lifting height: Varies between 20 m and 38 m