Tenants stepping up work ahead of Yas Mall opening

Abu Dhabi's first super-regional mall to open in November

NEWS, Business, Aldar Properties PJSC, Debenhams, The Cheesecake Factory, VOX Cinemas, Yas mall

Aldar Properties PJSC has announced that anchor tenants have accelerated fit-out of their units at Yas Mall in preparation for the scheduled opening in November to coincide with the 2014 Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Tenants are now actively engaged with the 2.5mn ft2 mall development, Abu Dhabi's first super-regional mall and the key retail component of Yas Island.

Some of the units currently being fitted-out are by anchor tenants Debenhams, the UK high street department store, VOX Cinemas, and Geant, set to be the largest hypermarket in the capital. Meanwhile, Funworks, a family entertainment centre that will offer a unique edutainment concept, and The Cheesecake Factory, have also begun fit-out.

Additional retailers are scheduled to move on site in the coming weeks as the momentum builds to the end of the year. Major retail groups, including Al Shaya, Majid Al Futtaim, Assadea, Dubai Holding, Fucom, Landmark and Royal

Sporting House have all reiterated their commitment to the November opening as they progress with their fit-outs.

Talal Al Dhiyebi, executive director of Asset Management at Aldar, said: "The mall offers a unique opportunity to retailers and the feedback has been very positive as we further engage with our committed tenants and potential new retailers.

“Yas Mall is set to transform the retail landscape in Abu Dhabi and will enhance the Yas Island proposition as a world-class destination. Local and international consumers alike will soon be able to enjoy a unique shopping, dining and leisure experience in the country's capital."

Meanwhile, Aldar recently hosted major retail groups representing over 150 fashion, leisure and F&B brands that are committed to Yas Mall. The visit included meetings with management and a tour of the mall, allowing partners to experience first-hand the unique features and grand scale of the up-coming retail development.

Duncan McLellan, general manager of Dubai Holding Group, said: "Yas Mall has been one of the most anticipated retail launches in our 2014 rollout and we are fully committed to opening on the mall's scheduled launch date.

“I have no doubt that the Mall will take Abu Dhabi to the next level, making the capital one of the most prominent retail destinations in the region. We are pleased to show our support with our entire brand portfolio including Zara, which is set to launch its largest store yet in the UAE." 

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