By Andy Sambidge
Officials behind Wahat Hili Mall hope to attract 175,000 shoppers per week by end-2013
Wahat Hili Mall, a new shopping mall project in Al Ain, will be completed and opened to the public in August, officials have announced.
Saeed Al Dhaheri, CEO of Wahat Hili Mall, said he expected 175,000 visitors per week to the shopping centre by the end of this year.
Wahat Hili Mall's biggest anchor, Géant Hypermarket which will stretch out over 6,900 sq m, has begun fit-out works while all tenants will have possession of their leased units by the end of May, he said in a statement.
Al Dhaheri added: "Wahat Hili will be much more than a mall, in terms of shopping, dining, entertainment and convenience; rather, the shopping complex will be a catalyst for further economic growth in Al Ain.
"We expect it to draw in 175,000 weekly visitors by the end of 2013, which if achieved and probably exceeded, will mean a boost to the city's stance as a must-see destination."
He said August 28 has been set as the opening date for the mall which will feature a total of 160 stores and is located next to the five-star Hili Rayhaan by Rotana hotel.
Omer Kaddouri, executive vice president and COO of Rotana, said: "Wahat Hili Mall will be the one stop destination for visitors to Al Ain; drawing in people from all over the region... we are proud to partner with the modern-day retail complex that is set to become a 'must see' for guests of the city."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.