By Andy Sambidge
Beirut City Centre will feature more than 200 stores including country's first Carrefour
Majid Al Futtaim Properties, the Dubai-based mall developer, announced on Wednesday that its $350m Beirut City Centre will open on April 4.
Beirut City Centre is Majid Al Futtaim's first mall to open in the Levant region and is spread over 60,000 sq m.
The flagship mall will feature more than 200 specialty stores including 40 new brands opening in Lebanon for the first time, the company said in a statement.
This will include the country's first Carrefour hypermarket, the first multi-screen VOX Cinemas, and the first Magic Planet family entertainment centre.
Waddah Al Solh, country head of Majid Al Futtaim Properties in the Levant region, said: "Beirut City Centre demonstrates Majid Al Futtaim's commitment to investing in the long-term future of Lebanon.
"Not only will the $350m shopping mall enrich the local retail offering with dozens of new international brands, it will also have a strong impact on the local economy.
"In addition to more than 2,500 jobs generated during the construction phase, Beirut City Centre will provide more than 1,200 permanent job opportunities, once opened."
Beirut City Centre will also bring the first Marks & Spencer store to the Lebanese market, along with the largest H&M.
The mall will include over 40 international restaurants and cafés, including a food court with 16 diners and an open-air rooftop terrace with 12 destination restaurants.
Waddah added: "We are committed to bringing a truly unique shopping and lifestyle destination to the Beirut community."
MAF Properties said in January that it is also planning to expand into Georgia, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Azerbaijan in the near future, starting with Georgia as early as this year.