By Staff writer
Mall bosses say date has been moved to allow a higher percentage of fitted out shops to be ready
Mall of Qatar has announced December 10 as the revised date for its soft launch.
Mall bosses said in a statement that the date will ensure a higher percentage of fitted out shops for a more comprehensive list of offerings from day one.
Rony Mourani, general manager, Mall of Qatar, said: “We are just as eager to open our doors and welcome our very first visitors and give them the experience that we have promised.
"Our proposition has to ensure that all our visitors get what they are looking for and so much more from their very first interaction with Mall of Qatar. As a result, we have taken the decision to move our soft launch date to ensure that a certain number of key offerings and facilities will be available at launch.”
The mall has recently been awarded its building completion certificate, that verifies and ensures the Mall of Qatar readiness, the statement added.
Last month, it was announced that the Mall of Qatar shopping mall project will generate about 8,000 new jobs.
When fully operational, the sprawling complex will boast over 500 shops including 100 F&B outlets which are currently in the fit-out stage spread over more than 500,000 sq m.
As well as shops, the mall will premiere the world’s first resident troupe – offering mall-wide entertainment with 52 weeks of shows on a 360-degree custom developed revolving stage, as well as a multilevel family entertainment complex.
The mall will also feature a 19-screen Cineplex inclusive of IMAX’s revolutionary laser projection and 12 channel immersive sound system on the region’s largest screen. The cinema will also feature the latest 4D projection technology screen, 7 VIP screens, an 8-lane bowling alley, and in-theatre gourmet food services.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.
Mall of Dubai, Mall of Qatar, Mall of Arabia, Mall of The World... the list is never ending!.
At a time when most of the Western world is moving away from oversized malls as online shopping and delivery services take precedence in the retail sphere, the emphasis placed by retailers and developers on physical locations in the Middle East only strengthens my view that e-commerce will never truly take off in the region and will be trapped in the realm of traditional commerce for a long time to come.