By Andy Sambidge
Phase 2 of new shopping project at Qaryat al-Beri now open.
Talks are being held with a number of big international retail names with a view to them opening in the new souk at Qaryat al-Beri in Abu Dhabi during 2009.
Qaryat al-Beri Resort Development Company, a joint venture between Al Jaber Group and Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), announced on Tuesday that the second phase of the souk at Qaryat Al Beri was now open and available for lease.
“We are pleased that Phase 2 of this new shopping development was completed on time for the holiday season. This adds a significant 1,000 square metre of retail space, which is now available for lease,” said Fatima Al Jaber, general manager of Qaryat al-Beri Resort Development Company.
“We received a remarkable number of interests from several international names to bring their brands to the Abu Dhabi market. We are currently holding talks with them and we hope to have them on-board early next year,” she added.
Thirty-two outlets are currently in operation and include popular brands such as Meat Co, Starbucks, Bateel, Damas, La Perla, and La Moda.
Located between Maqtaa and Musaffah bridges in Abu Dhabi, the souk is the latest among a string of projects being developed in the Qaryat al-Beri area.
Built on two levels, the souk is a fusion of Arabian architecture with a Venetian theme. Water canals meander through the souk and nearby properties with abras ferrying hotel guests.
Spread over a total floor area of 6,222 square metres comprising retail and F&B outlets, the souk also consists of several restaurants and coffee shops.