By Andy Sambidge
Store builder Aldar Properties says 1.3m customers expected in the first year of operations
The largest IKEA store in the Middle East and North African region is set to open later this week, Aldar Properties said on Sunday.
The Abu Dhabi developer responsible for building the store on Yas Island said the completed project was handed over to the Al Futtaim Group company in January ready for final fit out ahead of a grand opening later this week.
The project was delivered ahead of schedule by a team of 3,100 workers with the precast steel building completed in 10 months, Aldar said in a statement.
The 33,000 sq m store with a total sales area of 19,150 sq m will be the largest IKEA store in the MENA region and expects to serve nearly 1.3 million visitors in the first year of operations.
IKEA's flagship store is the first piece of Yas Island's wide ranging retail offer which will culminate with the delivery of Yas Mall, Aldar added.
Sami Asad, CEO, Aldar, said: "We were delighted to handover this flagship store to Al Futtaim and IKEA ahead of schedule. Their commitment to Yas Island was a fantastic endorsement of what we are looking to achieve here, and a clear demonstration of the interest major global brands have in the emirate."