Nakheel completes Ibn Battuta Mall expansion

The new Dubai Metro link connected Ibn Batuta Mall to the metro station has 90 new retail and dining outlets including a food court

The Ibn Batuta Mall – Dubai Metro link features 90 new retail and dining outlets including a food court.
The Ibn Batuta Mall – Dubai Metro link features 90 new retail and dining outlets including a food court.

The new link connecting Ibn Battuta Mall with the Dubai Metro has been officially opened, marking the completion of the $36.7m (AED135m) expansion.

The Mall-Metro link is the second element of Nakheel’s Ibn Battuta Phase 1 expansion, which also includes a 2.78ha extension to the mall that officially opened earlier this year.

A second, 43.6ha expansion, is under way, according to the Dubai Media Office.

The two-storey, 210 metre walkway means Dubai Metro and bus users can now directly access the mall and its 400 shops, restaurants and attractions.

The link features 90 new retail and dining outlets including a food court – the second at Ibn Battuta Mall – with around 20 restaurants.

Ali Rashid Lootah, chairman of Nakheel, said: “[This] marks yet another major milestone for Nakheel and its rapidly-growing retail development portfolio.

“We continue to enhance and upgrade our existing malls with new facilities and attractions that benefit customers and retailers, while at the same time delivering a new and diverse range of retail and leisure developments.

“Nakheel Malls’ project portfolio is set to become the largest in Dubai, with more than [158ha] of leasable space in operation or in the pipeline.”

The Metro link is a natural progression for Ibn Battuta that will inspire more people to discover its stunning architecture, intriguing history and retail offering – and encourage those who would normally use the car to switch to public transport, said Nakheel.

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