By Andy Sambidge
Flagship retail development will include largest Debenhams outside of the UK, region's first Lego Concept store
Aldar’s flagship retail development, Yas Mall, will open on November 19, the Abu Dhabi-based developer announced on Wednesday.
Doors will open to the public for the first time days ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The mall will include the largest Debenhams outside of the UK and Abu Dhabi’s first Hamleys toy store, as well as the first Lego Concept store in the region.
Yas Mall will be one of the largest retail and entertainment venues in the region. It is expected to open with more than 300 stores, growing to over 400 stores, a 20 screen cinema operated by VOX Cinemas, the largest hypermarket in Abu Dhabi which will be operated by Geant and a family entertainment zone.
Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, CEO of Aldar Properties, said: “The opening of Yas Mall is a major milestone for Aldar. The mall will add significantly to the Yas Island experience, complimenting attractions that include Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and the island’s seven hotels, as well as the Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Links golf course, and Yas Waterworld.
"Starting 19th November, visitors will enjoy an unparalleled shopping experience, with a wide array of brands brought to the capital and to the region for the first time. We are immensely proud as a company to bring this world-class retail and entertainment destination to Abu Dhabi.”
Yas Mall will also offer more than 60 food and beverage offers, including the UAE capital’s first Cheesecake Factory and Angelina, along with the region’s first Rogo’s Rollercoaster Restaurant. It also has a direct link to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.