By Andy Sambidge
Dubai developer announces strong demand from retailers for Discovery Gardens complex
Dubai developer Nakheel said on Wednesday that all retail space has now been leased out at its new Discovery Gardens mall which is due to open next year.
Construction of Nakheel's new 8,700 sq m community centre in Dubai's Discovery Gardens is on schedule, with all 6,000 sq m of available shop space now booked by retailers and restaurants.
More than 20 local and international brands have signed up for the mall, due to open in early 2014.
Among them is anchor store Geant, which will take up more than 40 percent of the complex, Nakheel said in a statement.
The community mall, primarily serving 24,000 homes in Nakheel's Al Furjan, Discovery Gardens and The Gardens communities, will also feature a children's nursery and a wide range of everyday convenience stores including a dry cleaners, a pharmacy, optician, games store, money exchange and hair salons.
Confirmed eateries include Pizzaro, Wendy's, Second Cup, Arabian Grill, Burger King, Texas Chicken, Chappan Bhog and The Exit.
Discovery Gardens Community Centre will have more than 200 car parking spaces. Construction is currently 35 per cent complete, the statement added.
Nakheel is also building a community mall serving thousands of residents in Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Village, Jumeirah Islands and surrounding areas.
Jumeirah Park Community Centre, currently 40 percent complete, is due to open by the end of 2013.
It is already 100 percent leased to 30 retailers, including anchor tenant Geant, nine cafes and restaurants a host of brand name convenience stores.
Rain checks should be available for housing and retail,to avoid oversupply!
With only one entrance and exit out of discovery gardens, it will be chaos getting to and from this new mall. All traffic out of this area makes its way to meet the traffic which comes from the gardens. There is no access to JLT or alternative route to SZR, it has been "under construction" for 3 years. The RTA has numerous simple and low cost solutions that it could implement to rectify these bottlenecks but has failed to utilise one of them.
The UAE has a diabetic issue which is predominantly caused through bad diet.(Please correct me if I am wrong) So here we go again with more fast food restaurants as the core of the food and beverage offering in another shopping mall. yeee haaa for the insulin firms.
True, but instead of blaming the retailers (who are obviously going to supply a product which is in demand), in this case particularly people [with diabetes caused by over consumption of bad food] should be held accountable themselves. Every time you point the finger at someone else for their problem it gives them an excuse. And if they are made more aware and are held accountable (example, higher costs of health insurance for people with an unhealthy lifestyle), they might eat less of these bad foods. That will make the demand go down and eventually the retailers will have to react by offering healthier food. It all starts from the bottom ;)
Connect Gardens Boulevard to Al Khail Road and JLT, before opeing up more malls and increasing the traffic!! Wheres the common sense