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New players to “revolutionalise” city’s mall experiences

More than 1.1 million ft² of gross leasable area at the Dubai Mall will be dedicated to new and first-time standalone stores.

More than 1.1 million ft² of gross leasable area at the Dubai Mall will be dedicated to new and first-time standalone stores.

The mall, tipped to open on October 30, will introduce more than 165 new retailers to the region, spanning approximately 30% of the total space.

As the flagship development of Emaar Malls Group, The Dubai Mall will be one of the world's largest shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destinations, featuring more than 1200 retailers.

French retailer Galeries Lafayette and US department store Bloomingdale's have been confirmed as key anchors, with both opening their first stores outside their home markets.

Yousif Al Ali, general Manager for The Dubai Mall, said the development will revolutionalise the city's shopping mall experience, by boosting its retail offer with new names from across the globe.

"To deliver a fresh retail experience, it was important for us to bring in names that are new to the region. Therefore, we developed partnerships with leading international retailers for opening their doors for the very first time here. These top names in the retail industry will further enhance Dubai's reputation as one of the prime shopping and leisure destinations in the world," Al Ali said.

Kinokuniya is a bookstore chain with Japanese origins and a widespread global presence. Already popular in Australia, Far East Asia and the US, Kinokuniya makes its Middle East debut with a 68,850f²t store at The Dubai Mall. Featuring tens of thousands of quality publications across multiple languages, Kinokuniya will be one of the largest bookstores in Dubai.

The retailers making their Dubai debuts or opening up their first-stand alone stores at the mall encompass a range of product categories including fashion, jewellery, food and beverage, home furnishings and specialty stores.

Alberta Ferretti, Joseph, Alexander McQueen, Manolo Blahnik, Agent Provocateur, Galliano, Tom Ford and Lanvin are among the leading names in the fashion sector that will open, while Armani/Casa, Walentowski Gallery and Bloomingdale's furniture offer first-time services in home furniture.

Burj Al Hamam, Fauchon Café, Rainforest Café, Café Nero, MBCo (Montreal Bread Company), Vapiano, Carluccio's, Ping Pong Dim Sum, Roadster Diner and The Noodle Factory will be part of the food and beverage offering.

Bubbles & Giggles, Armani Junior, Tommy Hilfiger Kids, Kids Puzzle, Theopille & Patachou and Cacharel Paris are new names in children's and maternity wear, while Jacob & Co, Piaget Boutique and Panerai are new entrants in the watches and jewellery sector.

The Dubai Mall has a total area of 12.1 million ft², with an internal floor area of 5.9 million ft² and a gross leasable space of 3.77 million ft², to feature more than 1200 stores and more than 160 food and beverage outlets, supported by more than 14,000 undercover car parking spaces.

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