Baniyas mall set for March opening
Abu Dhabi, November 8, 2010
Baniyas Investment and Development Company (BID) said the company's new shopping center, Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, in the city of Bani Yas, Abu Dhabi, is on track for opening in March next year.
BID, the investment arm of Baniyas Sports Club, said with 85 per cent of the work completed at the Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, the company planned to hand over the retail spaces to the tenants on December 2, the UAE national day.
Tenants, apart from Carrefour Hypermarket which has already completed 65 per cent of its fit out works, will then be able to commence their interior fit out operations, in preparation for the grand opening set for March 3, said a top official.
Commenting on the progress of construction, Wael Tawil, chief executive officer of BID said: “We are extremely happy with the considerable progress achieved at Bawabat Al Sharq Mall as we look forward to handing over the Mall’s retail spaces to our tenants on December 2, right on schedule.
'We have been very enthusiastic about partnering with our tenants and signing up key players such as Carrefour Hypermarket, Wanasa and Grand Cinemas, all of which will compliment the dynamic lifestyle that we intend to create in Bani Yas City,' he added.
Tariq Irfan, vice president, Property Operations said, 'Due to the mixed nature of its facilities and retail activities, Bawabat Al Sharq Mall will cater to the various needs of all age groups and segments of society.'
'The mall will host over 339 prime retail shops and facilities spread across two floors and covering 70,000 sq m of gross leasable area; we expect Bawabat Al Sharq Mall to become the regional shopping and entertainment hub for the whole family,' he stated.
The mall will also feature Souk Al Megnas, a distinctive traditional souk covering 4,500 sq m, the official said.
Inspired from local culture, Souk Al Megnas will be a centre of attraction for customers and will cater to their diversified needs providing them with a unique shopping and dining experience through its coffee shops and restaurants, falconry and hawking collections shops, along with the traditional wear, jewellery, Arabic perfumes and souvenir shops.
The construction of the mall has been overseen by Target Engineering Construction Company, while its interior design is lead by renowned Australian design firm, Saunders Global, and the interior fittings by UAE-based Cloisall Company.-TradeArabia News Service