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Abu Dhabi's $1bn Reem Mall wins final planning approval

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council backs retail project which is scheduled to open in 2018

Abu Dhabi's $1bn Reem Mall wins final planning approval

Developers for Reem Mall, Abu Dhabi's $1 billion shopping, entertainment and dining destination, has announced that the project has been granted detailed planning approval by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council.

The UPC's granting of detailed planning approval comes only six months after the mall's concept plans were approved - a rapid turnaround for a project of this scale, a statement said.

Reem Mall is being built on Reem Island and is expected to open in 2018. The mall will be home to the world's biggest indoor snow play centre and is set to include 450 stores including 85 food and beverage outlets.

Shane Eldstrom, chief operating officer for Reem Mall, said: "Reem Mall is an extraordinary project that will bring world-class shopping, leisure and entertainment to the heart of Abu Dhabi. We have made incredible progress over the past 18 months, and the detailed planning approval marks the final go-ahead required from the UPC.

"None of this progress would have been possible without the tremendous support we have received from the Government of Abu Dhabi, and many other partner organizations in the UAE capital and beyond."

He said the UPC and the Reem Mall development team met regularly over the course of 2015 to incorporate design enhancements put forward by the UPC's Urban Development and Estidama Sector.

Mohamed Al Khadar, executive director of UPC, said: "With a projected population of 210,000 residents, Al Reem Island is a core component of Plan Capital 2030 - the framework plan for Abu Dhabi Metropolitan Area. The provision of community facilities, including retail and leisure amenities, to meet the needs of Al Reem Island's residents and those in neighbouring areas is paramount to the island's successful evolution, in line with the goals of Vision 2030."

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