The biggest mall in Abu Dhabi is set to open next month just before the Formula 1 event.
Connected to the world's largest indoor theme park Ferrari World, Yas Mall completes the Yas Island proposition, which already boasts of the world's best-known attractions such as Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Waterworld and Yas Links, along with a large choice of hotels.
Giving a tour to reporters, Talal Al Dhiyebi, executive director of asset management at Aldar, said: "The construction is complete and the building is handed over...right now tenants are preparing their stores, shop fronts and training their staff before a formal opening.”
He said the biggest mall that offers 2.5 million sq.ft. of leasable area would not only attract shoppers from Abu Dhabi, but from Dubai, the GCC and beyond.
"We're planning a lot of marketing activities to attract shoppers. We will launch promotions and package selling as well for the destination Yas,” Al Dhiyebi said.
Bathed in natural light, the wide and spacious avenues of Yas Mall will host over 370 of the most desirable retail, food-and-beverage brands and entertainment offerings, all within easy reach of the capital and only 45 minutes from Dubai.
The mall's design is integral to the visitor experience, with a strong sense of height, light and space.
Yas Mall aims to bring many distinctive brands under one roof. All the stores are being encouraged to launch outlets, which are unique in design or offering. Chalhoub Group, known for managing retail outlets and building brands, is creating its first own brand department store.
The mall will also house the largest Debenhams outside of the UK in which shoppers will have access to a personal stylist.
Yas Mall will house the first Hamley's, Hollister, Brook's Brothers in Abu Dhabi, and first Lego Store, standalone Under Armour store, two-level Go Sports store and Joe Fresh in U.A.E. and the first Geant Hypermarket in Abu Dhabi.
At the heart of the facility is the largest enclosed gathering space where a huge class roof allows ample sunshine to naturally-lit spaces surrounded by greenery and water features.
The 20 screen Vox Cinemas will boast the biggest MAX screen in Abu Dhabi at 24.5 metres wide. Along with three Gold Cinemas, its 4DX technology will engage all five senses and make audiences feel as if they are part of the feature.
There will be over 60 food-and-beverage outlets, including outdoor dining on Cascade Walk and cafes spilling out onto Town Square.
Yas Mall is a place for families to spend time together and caters to children of all ages. Offerings include the first FunWorks in the U.A.E., the region's largest adventure play system, with a 60,000 sq. ft. area dedicated to playful learning and edutainment with activities ranging from science and arts to theatre and construction.
Source: Khaleej Times