By Andrew Sambidge
Shopping mall bosses insist doors will open for first time at 2pm, despite false dawns.
Dubai Mall chiefs have insisted that the new shopping complex WILL open on Tuesday - despite failing to meet their original deadline last week.
The flagship shopping mall by Emaar Malls Group, will open its doors to the public at 2pm, bosses said on Monday.
The mall was originally scheduled to open in August but suffered a two-month delay.
Then, Arabian Business revealed that its new opening date of October 30 was also being postponed because work was still be carried out to make the mall ready for customers.
When fully complete, the mall will contain more than 1,200 retail units but only half that number will open on day one.
Opening Day celebrations will include the public unveiling at 4pm of the Dubai Aquarium & Discovery Centre. Other opening day attractions include fashion shows, exhibits, galleries and performers.
Mr Yousif Al Ali, general manager, made no comment about the delays that had hit the Dubai Mall schedule but added: "Everything about the mall is innovative and creative. Every detail within the mall, from floor to ceiling, has been carefully planned and executed to the highest aesthetic and architectural standards."
Dubai Mall will have more 1,200 retail outlets and 160 food & beverage outlets spread over a gross leasable area of 3.77 million sq ft.
Over 165 retailers - or 30 percent of the mall's total gross leasable area is dedicated to new retailers to the region, or brands opening up standalone stores for the first time.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.
Sure, Dubai Mall will be "open" if you mean the front doors to the mall will be open so people can walk around and look at shops that are blocked with hoarding because individual retailers are NOT OPEN. I would like Dubai Mall (Emaar) to put out to the press a complete list of retailers, restaurants, entertainment venus, etc. that will be open on Day 1. This seems like a reasonable request for those (not me) who are interested in going to Dubai Mall this week. Dubai Mall should also give to the press a second list which will include all the remaining tenants and when they are expected to open. Along with a mall that will only partially open there is the ongoing traffic problem. I for one will not venture to Dubai Mall until sometime in 2009....
Some people never learn...tÄ±me and agaÄ±n Ä±t Ä±s proved that to open a mall half heartedly Ä±s dÄ±sastrous...but who cares?...they just want money.
Oh, wow. Another mall. Excuse me if I fail to get too excited. When are people in this region going to learn that opening a new shopping centre isn't actually that spectacular or even interesting? No-one with any sense gives a hoot about a new mall and the only people who are impressed are the people who probably can't afford to shop there anyway. In an age where the rest of the world can do its shopping online, is having to go to a fixed point to buy stuff at inflated prices really that exciting?
To everyone who marvels at why the opening of yet another mall (or hotel) should attract so much attention: what else is there to do, where else is there to go for mass entertainment in the UAE? Window shopping and people watching are for free, and for most expats that's the only kind of entertainment they can afford. In most other respects, there isn't much on offer - unless gawking at the latest skyscraper rates as a hobby...
Finally the magic day has arrived - yay. We had postponed our annual holiday abroad in August to attend the grand opening of the new Dubai Mall. My family was heartbroken upon hearing that the opening had been delayed AND also that they had now missed their annual holiday. Our children cried for days, even their nanny couldn't cheer them up. Having full faith in the revised opening schedule, we invited visitors from overseas to attend the scheduled opening for it last week. They were devastated to learn that this global attraction wouldn't open on 30 October, meanwhile they had to return home. (They asked that we never call them againâ€¦but that may have to do with the heavy traffic and the lack of taxi service they experienced while here). And of course the children were crying again, even refusing Halloween treats. The nannies have now resigned. Our life is in total disarray, but thankfully all will be put right this afternoon by 2PM - yay.