Mall of Qatar project set for 2015 opening

Construction has started on Doha’s QR3bn ($820m) Mall of Qatar, which will be the largest retail centre in the Gulf state when it is completed in September 2015.

The mall will house more than 400 outlets across a floor space of 400,000 sqm and will also include its own integrated metro station and parking for more than 7,000 vehicles.

It will also feature cinemas, 20 international restaurants, a luxury hotel and a three-storey high marketplace.

“We are launching the Mall of Qatar at a time when there is clearly enormous untapped demand for quality integrated shopping, dining and entertainment facilities in the country,” said Shem Krey, deputy managing director of Mall of Qatar.

“We expect to have a large market share even with competition coming up in the next few years,” Krey added.

The project has been designed and developed by UrbaCon Trading and Contracting, which will also operate the centre when it opens. The owner of the mall has not yet been disclosed.

Mall of Qatar will be located at the intersection between Al Rayyan Highway and Celebration Road, an area that will also be the future home of one of Qatar’s FIFA 2022 World Cup stadia.

According to real estate advisory firm DTZ, around ten new major retail projects are set to come online in Qatar over the next two years.

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Posted by: Retailman

I agree that the time table appears to be adventurous but knowing this team, the chances are good.
When I was asked to undertake a peer review of the project, one of my first concerns with the draft concept was that the three storied area would be non-productive, however, now reading that this is intended to be an ethnic market place, add that to the proposed metro station and now a hotel (which were also not on the cards at that time) the venue looks now to have three major ingredients for sustainability. I trust the anchors will be special and different. We will certainly be recommending this Mall to our connections.

Posted by: Charlie

There is not much about the the Mall as presented. To be successful, the Mall must have a unique something to offer the guest that cannot be replicated elsewhere.

There is no point in creating Mall with shops the same as you can find elsewhere in Doha like BCA, Festival City, or the simple Doha Souk, etc.

Posted by: Qatari

I agree. Mall of Qatar will be no different than any of City Center, Land Mark, and Vellagio. Souq Wagif and the Pearl have their unique 'shopping atmosphere', but again the Pearl has the same shops that any other mall has.

Posted by: bu jassim

completed in September 2015?? its taken 4 years to build a mall on al nasr street and its only 70% done if that, abu hamour mall wont be done for 2 more years at least.

But somehow the biggest mall in the middle east will be finished by september 2015 with a metro station? something that hasnt been done in Qatar before.

unrealistic target dates as usual... expect it to be completed by 2018 at a minimum.

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