The Dubai Mall to open on October 30, 2008

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008
Category: FMCG / Retail
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Description: Emaar Malls Group has finalised the opening date of its flagship mall development The Dubai Mall as October 30, 2008. In one of the largest mall openings ever in the region, The Dubai Mall will offer several highly anticipated world-class attractions, hundreds of retailers and dedicated access from Sheikh Zayed Road, the city's major highway.
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Emaar Malls Group has finalised the opening date of its flagship mall development The Dubai Mall as October 30, 2008. In one of the largest mall openings ever in the region, The Dubai Mall will offer several highly anticipated world-class attractions, hundreds of retailers and dedicated access from Sheikh Zayed Road, the city's major highway.

The new opening date of the mall coincides with an extended retail season in the region marked by the UAE National Day, Eid Al Adha, New Year and the Dubai Shopping Festival.

Mr Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties, said: "The development of global landmark projects like The Dubai Mall is a complex process that involves co-ordination with project managers, retail tenants and government authorities. By opening on October 30, we are not only offering customers the option of several added attractions but also better public amenities such as more parking for cars and smoother access."

He added: "On October 30, all public areas of The Dubai Mall will be open to customers at the same time, creating a retail event unlike anything ever seen in the region. The Dubai Aquarium & Discovery Centre, the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink, the world's largest indoor Gold Souk and hundreds of retailers will open simultaneously giving visitors several retail and leisure options."

Mr Alabbar pointed out that infrastructure support is vital for maximising customer inflow from specialty malls. "The Dubai Mall is expecting some 30 million customers in the very first year of trade, and to support this, it is important to have a smooth traffic and public service infrastructure. The Dubai Mall will have over 14,000 car park spaces and a dedicated bridge from Sheikh Zayed Road for direct access to the mall. The Dubai Metro is also fast progressing and will soon add to the ease of access to the mall, while other access roads are being readied to accommodate the expected record numbers."

The Dubai Mall is a 12 million sq ft shopper's paradise, and is an integral part of the Downtown Burj Dubai development. With a total internal floor area of 5.9 million sq ft, The Dubai Mall will have 3.77 million sq ft of gross leasable space with more than 1,200 retail outlets, two anchor department stores and more than 120 food and beverage outlets. Adjoining is The Address, Dubai Mall, a 5 star premium hotel with 250 rooms and 450 serviced apartments.

Mr Jim Badour, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Malls Group, said: "The Dubai Mall is already in global spotlight and it is important that it opens with maximum shopping and leisure attractions. At the same time, it is also crucial to have a strong supporting infrastructure, which will make access in and out of the mall a smooth and stress-free experience. The October opening has been planned to coincide with a key retail period that immediately follows, and thus will give our retailers a period abuzz with retail activity."

Mr Yousif Al Ali, General Manager, The Dubai Mall, explained: "As one of the world's largest shopping and entertainment destinations, there are several retail and leisure attractions that are currently being finalised in time for the opening. This is beneficial for retailers as this allows for more time for fit-out as well as for training their staff and streamlining the operational aspects. The new opening date will give our valued retailers more time and opportunity to be part of the launch of The Dubai Mall, from day one."

The Dubai Mall has already made rapid progress on the Dubai Aquarium & Discovery Centre, one of the world's largest indoor aquariums. It will be a spectacular showcase of over 33,000 aquatic animals, representing over 85 different marine species. The Dubai Ice Rink will also double as a multipurpose venue for public and private functions apart from serving as the regular venue for skating enthusiasts. Other attractions at the mall include SEGA Republic®, the region's first SEGA indoor theme park; KidZania®, a unique children's ‘edu-tainment' concept; and a 22-screen Cineplex.

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Additional Information: About Emaar Malls Group LLC

Emaar Malls Group LLC, is the retail and shopping mall subsidiary of Emaar Properties PJSC, a leading property developer based in Dubai, and drives its diversification into shopping malls. This is in line with Emaar's Vision 2010 to become one of the most valuable companies in the world. Emaar has announced investments in shopping malls of over US$4 billion (AED 15 billion) with 12 million sq ft of retail property in operation or under development in the emerging markets of the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and South Asia and is on target to become one of the largest developers of shopping malls in the world.

At the forefront of these developments is the flagship The Dubai Mall, one of the world's largest malls in the heart of the Downtown Burj Dubai. Opening in late 2008, The Dubai Mall will be a premier lifestyle and entertainment destination.

Emaar Malls Group is also developing two other malls in Dubai; Souk Al Bahar, an Arabesque shopping and entertainment development on The Old Town Island which is now open, and the Dubai Marina Mall, a lifestyle shopping mall for residents of the Dubai Marina community opening in late 2008. Recently, Emaar Malls Group unveiled Cairo Gate, Egypt's largest shopping mall and leisure destination at the Cairo-Alexandria Project site, a mixed-use development spread over 160 acres.

About Emaar Properties PJSC

Emaar Properties PJSC is one of the world's largest property development companies and is rapidly evolving to become a global provider of premier lifestyles. Emaar Properties, which has a strong presence in 36 global markets, has expanded into shopping malls in line with its Vision 2010 to become one of the most valuable companies in the world through a two-pronged approach of geographic expansion and business segmentation. For more information visit www.emaar.com.