By Staff writer
Qatari mixed-used mega project to open in February 2017 due to infrastructure delays
The planned launch of one of Doha’s biggest malls has been put back by four months due to infrastructure concerns.
Kareem Shamma, the CEO of BASREC, the developer and owner of Doha Festival City, told Doha News that while the mall’s construction would be finished by the planned launch date of 29 September, other related infrastructure would not be completed.
“The decision [to delay opening] had to be made to give the retailers and the customers the best possible experience,” Shamma told the website.
“Will they get that best possible experience at the end of September with the current infrastructure? No.”
Shamma declined to give details about the infrastructure that needed to be completed, stating that the work was “outside of our control”.
When complete, the mall will feature 400 stores, including department store Harvey Nichols, an Angry Birds theme park and an 18-screen cinema. Qatar’s first IKEA store is already open onsite.
Shamma told Doha News that “the majority” of stores on the site would be open by the new launch date of 1 February 2017. A second phase, involving a five-star hotel and convention centre, will be delivered at a later date.
Doha Festival City is being developed by a consortium that includes Dubai-based Al Futtaim Group and Qatar Islamic Bank.
Plans for another Doha megamall launch, the Mall of Qatar, are still scheduled for the third quarter of this year.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.