AL JIMI MALL’S EXTENSION AND RENOVATION APPROXIMATELY 80% COMPLETE, ON TRACK FOR Q4 OPENING
- Al Jimi Mall to add 45,000 sqm GLA and 1200 more parking spaces
- 88 new stores and brands
- Extension to include eight screen Vox Cinema
Al Jimi Mall, Al Ain’s first and favourite shopping and entertainment destination, has today revealed the progress of its extension, which will add 45,000 sqm 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 Aldar Properties PJSC (Aldar), Abu Dhabi’s leading listed property development, investment and management company. Given Al Ain’s growing local population and vibrant business landscape, the city has become a key expansion market for Aldar’s retail portfolio.
To reveal the mall’s progress, members of senior management from Aldar Properties and Al Jimi Mall yesterday gave a behind-the-scenes tour to over 250 government officials and retailers. The new ‘Retail Park’ which will consist of several big box spaces, ranging in size from 1,500 sqm to 6,500 sqm, 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 exciting 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. Al Jimi 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 unique and memorable shopping and leisure experience.’
Aldar has awarded contracts to three construction companies; Pivot Engineering & General Contracting, Tripoli Contracting & General Maintenance and Al Fahjan. The expansion project is managed by Jacobs and supervised by Allegiance Construction Group.
Aldar’s additional assets in Al Ain include Al Remal Mall, a unique shopping destination designed to integrate traditional Arabic architecture with modern facilities, and the Shabhat Plaza which offers a community-based retail experience.