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Majid Al Futtaim breaks ground on $93m mall project in Abu Dhabi

Amana Steel Contracting, the main contractor, has commenced works on the $92.6m (AED340m) My City Centre Masdar project

My City Centre Masdar will feature more than 77 stores.
My City Centre Masdar will feature more than 77 stores.

Majid Al Futtaim has announced breaking ground on My City Centre Masdar, its first shopping mall in Abu Dhabi.

According to the developer, Amana Steel Contracting, the project’s main contractor, has commenced works on the $92.6m (AED340m) retail and leisure development.

Set to open in Q2 2019, the project is designed to meet the requirements of an Estidama Three Pearl, equivalent to a LEED Gold rating, Majid Al Futtaim said in a statement.

READ: Majid Al Futtaim signs sustainability MoU with UAE ministry

The company added that, as part of its sustainability strategy, it intends to deploy resource- and energy-efficient processes on the project, from the construction phase to the finished mall.

These include a waste management scheme designed to divert at least 70% of the total solid waste generate away from landfill, as well as collecting and segregating food waste and landscaping waste for composting off-site.

Building practices aimed at reducing noise and dust on site will also be implemented.

Majid Al Futtaim further revealed that it plans to reduce overall energy consumption at the mall by 40% annually through the use of LED lighting, among other measures.

The project will also feature low-flow bathroom taps and will recycle grey water for landscape irrigation and toilet facilities, in addition to generating 20% of its electricity requirements from solar panels on the roof.

With 18,800m2 of gross leasable area (GLA), My City Centre Masdar will reportedly be the developer’s largest community mall in the UAE.

It will feature more than 77 stores, including a 5,793m2 Carrefour Hypermarket and a variety of dining facilities.

Ghaith Shocair, chief executive officer of Shopping Malls at Majid Al Futtaim – Properties, commented: “My City Centre Masdar, Majid Al Futtaim’s first shopping destination to open in Abu Dhabi, will exemplify leadership in sustainable design and operation, in line with Masdar City and the UAE capital’s long-term sustainability goals.”

Meanwhile, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, chief executive officer of Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company), added: “Masdar teams have provided expert guidance throughout the design process to their counterparts at Majid Al Futtaim to support the realisation of a project that is both aesthetically pleasing and fully compliant with the strict sustainability criteria of Masdar City.

“My City Centre Masdar will encourage other developers to push the envelope for low-carbon real estate. At the same time, it will be an anchor destination within the growing community of Masdar City.”

Green vehicle owners will find 18 charging points, and a number of priority parking spaces under a vehicle sharing scheme. The mall will also have bicycle parking facilities at the entrances to the mall, said the developer.

In 2016, Majid Al Futtaim announced plans to increase its investments in the UAE by $8.2bn (AED30bn) by 2026, taking its total investments in the country to $13.1bn (AED48bn).

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