My City Centre Masdar, a AED300 million ($81 million) community project and Majid Al Futtaim's first shopping mall in Abu Dhabi has opened.
It features 18,500 sq m of gross leasable area, including dining options for Masdar City residents and surrounding communities.
“Expected to be one of the region’s most sustainable malls through the efficient use of resources including energy and water management, My City Centre Masdar underlines Majid Al Futtaim’s commitment to an enhanced living environment driven by the UAE’s long-term sustainability goals,” said Ahmed Galal Ismail, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim – Properties.
Featuring sustainably sourced wood, a range of locally-grown produce and a commitment to reducing single-use plastic bag usage by being the first hypermarket in the UAE not to offer them at the cash counters, the 7,000 sq m Carrefour hypermarket at My City Centre Masdar is also the brand’s 100th store in the UAE.
My City Centre Masdar features more than 70 stores and 600 car parking bays that are shaded by roofing housing photovoltaic cells, generating electricity equivalent to one-fifth of the mall’s annual energy usage.
Six percent of parking has been set aside for electric, hybrid or carshare vehicles – and half of these spaces are equipped with charging points.
The mall plans to recycle at least 80 percent of its operational waste. Sustainability-focused features include energy-efficient escalators and lifts, and the exclusive use of LED lighting that were used during the basic elements of construction and inside shop interiors.
Additionally, all the materials used during construction were manufactured within 500km travelling distance of the project site.
My City Centre Masdar is set to employ 2,000 people, having already created opportunities for 1,500 people during its build-out phase.
(Source: Arabianbusiness.com YouTube channel)