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Majid Al Futtaim completes Ajman mall expansion

AJMAN, January 16, 2018

Majid Al Futtaim, a leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia region, said it has successfully completed the Dh643-million ($175 million) expansion work at its retail destination, City Centre Ajman.

With a gross leasable area of 34,000 sq m, the mall brings 14 brands to Ajman for the first time. Fashion-forward shoppers will find all their beauty essentials at international stores Inglot and Lush, which mark their debut in the emirate, said the company in a statement.

This comes as part of Majid Al Futtaim’s new strategy to increase its total investment in the UAE by Dh30 billion by 2026, thus taking its total investment to Dh48 billion.

The next development phase will involve the renovation of the existing mall which will see City Centre Ajman grow from 29,000 to 55,300 sq m in size upon completion next year, it stated.

As part of the upgrades, the public areas and facilities, including the toilets, baby changing area and prayer rooms will be enhanced for a seamless transition between the old and new section of the mall, it added.

On the mall expansion, Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, the managing director for Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Shopping Malls (UAE, Bahrain and Oman), said: "The new wing at City Centre Ajman, which features more than 50 international brands and dining concepts, is set to revolutionise the emirate's retail landscape."

"We are proud to bring 14 world-class brands that make their debut in Ajman, underscoring our continued leadership in the retail sector. We've listened carefully to our fashion-conscious customers who want the convenience of shopping for their favourite brands closer to home and have addressed that demand with our diverse range of new stores and restaurants," he noted.

"Style enthusiasts can also shop for all the latest, trendy outfits at Garage and US Polo, which make their first foray into the city, as well," he added.

City Centre Ajman takes family dining to the next level by introducing alfresco eating options for diners who want to enjoy the cool weather while savouring a multi-cuisine spread. Portuguese-style casual dining restaurant Nando’s, Turkish cuisine masters Mado café and authentic Italian comfort food restaurant Pizza Express are serving up their world-famous recipes to residents and tourists for the first time in Ajman, said the company in a statement.

"Visitors can also opt to start their day with a steaming cup of coffee and buttery croissants at the new, bigger Starbucks and Gerard Café, which have an indoor and outdoor seating area, or sit down with friends in the central galleria for a hearty breakfast of freshly toasted bagels and beverages at Tim Hortons," remarked Mansoor Sharaf.

Adrenaline seekers and young-at-hearts can enjoy hours of fun at our family entertainment centre, Magic Planet, which is now grown to 1,466 sqm in size. While the kids have their time out on the rides, parents can kick back and enjoy the latest movies at the relocated VOX Cinemas at City Centre Ajman," he noted.

According to him, the innovatively-designed mall extension boasts a bigger parking facility with 1,800 spaces. More than six million man hours were spent on building the new wing, which has a central galleria, skylight roof allowing natural light to stream in during the day and contrast lighting levels in stores that create an inviting ambiance for shoppers.

The first phase of the expansion was carried out in line with green building protocol and
Majid Al Futtaim’s sustainability strategy. Energy-efficient design and procedures, including installing LED lighting and water-saving, low-flow faucets and fixtures help reduce the mall’s carbon footprint, he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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