By Andy Sambidge
Gulf Mall will include 13-screen cinema, parking for 1,600 cars; set for 2012 completion.
A major new shopping centre, to include a 13-screen cinema and parking for about 1,600 cars, is set to be built in Doha, it was reported on Thursday.
It will be built by the owners and developers of the Landmark and Villaggio malls, Gulf Times reported.
Named the Gulf Mall, the complex will have a retail space of more than 160,000 sq m, making it one of the biggest shopping centres in Qatar, an official of the Gulf Mall project told the paper.
“The project is expected to take a couple of years to complete,” the official said.
When completed, the mall will be able to accommodate more than 1,600 vehicles in a basement parking lot and will house leading international brands and a number of anchor stores spread on the ground and the first floor, the official added.
There will also be a children’s play area, gaming zone, food courts and coffee shops and 13 cinema halls.
In April, it was reported that the retail market in Qatar was set to more than double by mid-2011, with several new shopping centres under construction and a few opening this year itself.
If this new mall is really going to be 160,000sq. metres of retail then 1,600 parking spaces will be inadequate.