Doha Festival City Mall faces four month delay
Infrastructure concerns have caused a four-month delay for the launch of Festival City Doha
Infrastructure concerns have caused the delay of one of Doha’s biggest malls - setting the launch back by four months.
Kareem Shamma, CEO of BASREC, the developer and owner of Doha Festival City, said while the mall’s construction would be finished by the planned launch date of 29 September, other related infrastructure would not be completed, Doha News reported.
“The decision [to delay opening] had to be made to give the retailers and the customers the best possible experience,” Shamma stated.
Shamma declined to give details about the infrastructure that needed to be completed, saying: “Will they [customers] get that best possible experience at the end of September with the current infrastructure? No.”
He also stated that the work was “outside of our control”.
When complete, the mall will feature 400 stores, including department store Harvey Nichols, an Angry Birds theme park and an 18-screen cinema. Qatar’s first IKEA store is already open onsite.
Shamma said that by the new launch date of 1 February 2017 that “the majority” of stores on the site would be open.
The second phase, that involves a five-star hotel and convention centre, will be delivered at a later date.
Doha Festival City is being developed by a consortium that includes Dubai-based Al Futtaim Group and Qatar Islamic Bank.