Abu Dhabi’s new mega mall to rival Dubai shopping hub


By Saffiya Ansari  english.alarabiya.net

A new mega mall has risen up out of the sand in Abu Dhabi, covering 2.5 million sq. ft. and launching the capital city firmly into competition with its tourist hub neighbor Dubai.

Located on Yas Island, the mall is set to open its doors in November and will boast a 20 screen state-of-the-art cinema, a family entertainment zone and more than 370 stores, including the first The Cheese Cake Factory in Abu Dhabi, another restaurant in which food is served on mini roller coasters and the largest Zara, Nike and Adidas stores in the Middle East.

Developed by Aldar Properties, the new retail outlet seeks to “place Abu Dhabi on the global stage of retail destinations,” according to organizers.

The mall represents a push by the capital city to attract international tourism, as well as visitors from the wider UAE. More info