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UAE: Al Jimi Mall construction on track towards completion

Al Jimi Mall, Al Ain’s first shopping and entertainment destination, revealed the progress of its extension, which will add 45,000sqm of gross leasable area (GLA) when it opens in Q4 2018.

The extension is currently about 80% complete and, once complete, will include the city’s first outside ‘Retail Park’ concept, 88 new stores, and Al Ain’s first eight-screen VOX Cinema. To ensure easy access, the extension will also include 1200 extra car parking spaces, doubling the capacity of the mall’s current parking lot.

Located in the heart of Al Ain, Al Jimi Mall, which first opened in 2001, is owned and managed by Abu Dhabi-based Aldar Properties.

The new ‘Retail Park’, which will consist of several big box spaces, ranging in size from 1,500sqm to 6,500sqm, directly adjacent to the mall, was also showcased.

With these renovations, Al Jimi Mall will reshape Al Ain’s retail landscape with the introduction of new brands including the city’s first Danube Home Store, United Furniture outlet, and Jarir Book Store. Al Jimi Mall will also launch the largest Home Center in Al Ain and the city’s first stand-alone Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. The mall also plans to blend shopping with al fresco dining and entertainment as the retail park will also add nine F&B outlets, a mesmerizing water feature, and an events plaza along its terrace.

Brad Merchant, director of Retail Asset Management at Aldar Properties, commented: “The latest renovations here at Al Jimi Mall are a testament to Aldar’s commitment to serve the needs of our local community and the people of the UAE. Al Ain is a key growth area for Aldar’s retail portfolio as it evolves to become a cultural and community hub. Through the combination of the innovative Retail Park, plus 88 new entertainment, retail and F&B tenants, we promise to offer Al Ain residents and tourists a nique and memorable shopping and leisure experience.”

Aldar has awarded contracts to three construction companies, namely Pivot Engineering and General Contracting,
Tripoli Contracting and General Maintenance, and Al Fahjan. The expansion project is managed by Jacobs
and supervised by Allegiance Construction Group.

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