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Majid Al Futtaim to open Sharjah's biggest mall in March

SHARJAH, May 11, 2020

Majid Al Futtaim, a leading shopping mall, communities, retail, and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has set next year's March for the launch of its new mall in Sharjah - City Centre Al Zahia.  
 
Majid Al Futtaim's decision comes in the light of the global disruption in the retail sector due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 
 
The additional months will allow all of City Centre Al Zahia’s tenant partners increased time to stabilise and prepare their new stores effectively, to the standards that they and Majid Al Futtaim adhere to, and launch at a time that is more conducive for trading.
 
Once open, City Centre Al Zahia, which stretches across 136,200 sq m of gross leasable space, will become the largest mall in the northern emirates and the centrepiece of Majid Al Futtaim’s developments in Sharjah. 
 
The upcoming mall will provide a mix of more than 360 new and established brands, all housed within a contemporary retail environment reflecting stunning architecture and comprising of relaxing public spaces.  
 
The March opening move allows tenants sufficient time to prepare for their new store launches and ensure a compelling customer experience, said a top official. 
 
"From the day we open the doors of City Centre Al Zahia, our ambition is to offer a compelling retail and entertainment experience to the Northern Emirates community," remarked Shireen El Khatib, the CEO for Shopping Malls Business Unit. 
 
"This ambition is shared by all of our tenants, and as an industry leader, we feel it is our responsibility to support them in any way we can towards achieving this shared goal," she stated.  
 
El Khatib said in line with its delivery commitments, the construction of the mall has run to schedule since the ground breaking ceremony. "However, in light of the global changes that have impacted the retail industry, we have taken the prudent decision to revise the opening date of City Centre Al Zahia in the best interest of our customers and tenants," she stated.
 
"We remain confident  that City Centre Al Zahia will become a landmark destination in the Northern Emirates and a signature addition to the Majid Al Futtaim family," she added.
 
In line with Majid Al Futtaim’s omnichannel strategy, it has also launched two new online shopping platforms for the UAE to enable tenants to reach customers and continue trading.
 
This includes the ‘Trends At Your Doorstep’ initiative that was recently launched by Mall of The Emirates, and ‘Marketplace’ for other Majid Al Futtaim malls.
 
City Centre Al Zahia’s primary trade area will include most zones of Sharjah, alongside the emirates of Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah, said the Emirati mall developer. 
 
The mall will also connect seamlessly to Majid Al Futtaim’s one-million-square-metre residential community, Al Zahia, to place a premium shopping, dining, and entertainment hub on the doorstep of many residents in Sharjah’s emerging urban centre. 



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