Yet another mall to open in Qatar by 2015
To the string of malls spread across the country, the ‘Mall of Qatar’ will be the latest addition, announced developer UrbaCon Trading & Contracting (UCC) at a press conference today. Spread over an area of four million square feet, the mall upon completion will feature over 400 stores, a major hypermarket, five department stores and 20 international restaurants. The opening is planned for the third quarter of 2015, and is expected to attract 20 million customers annually.
Here are some other details about the Mall of Qatar:
- Location: The mall is located at the intersection of Al Rayyan Highway and Celebration Road, adjacent to the Al Rayyan Sports Club and a future FIFA 2022 World Cup Stadium that will be built in the same vicinity.
- Accessibility: There will be a dedicated metro station integrated into the mall, as part of Doha’s new transportation system that will make access to the mall from all areas of the city easy.
- Parking space: Can accommodate over 7,000 cars.
- Modern Souq: An urban life-style market place is being designed within the mall to evoke a feel of a modernised Souq Waqif. The area will be three storey high and three football fields in length. From here, visitors will be led into a stunning four storey high amphitheatre called the Oasis. The Oasis will house an array of themed and fine dining restaurants, family entertainment facilities and multiplex cinemas.
- Luxurious indulgence: The mall’s south end area will turned into a two-level luxury court. It will host a mix of individually articulated shop fronts and indoor/outdoor cafes and patios in addition to a premium concierge lounge. A major luxury brand hotel is in the pipeline too.
- Special features: A FIFA themed food court, unique water features, live entertainment programmes, a fitness centre and live entertainment spaces are some of the other highlights of the mall.
Speaking to the media, Shem Krey, Deputy Managing Director, Mall of Qatar said: “We are launching the Mall of Qatar at a time when there is clearly enormous untapped demand for quality integrated shopping, dining and entertainment facilities in the country. Our research has shown there is a significant amount of capacity that has to be met in the retail area and our Mall will be a major step in fulfilling demand. The Mall of Qatar is also geared towards helping the broader economic growth and prosperity of the country.”
A scale model of The Mall of Qatar will be exhibited at Cityscape Qatar 2013 that takes place on May 27 – 29 at the Doha Exhibition Centre.
Does Qatar need more malls? What are your thoughts about the Mall of Qatar?