With over 400 stores, Abu Dhabi’s multi-million dollar Yas Mall will be the second largest shopping complex in the United Arab Emirate when it opens this year in November.
Inside, water fountains shoot into the air, giant plasma screens flash advertisements, escalators rise and fall; their only admirers are the odd construction worker.
Missing from this scene are the shoppers.
But come November, Abu Dhabi’s 235,000 square meter Yas Mall plans to open its doors to 20 million visitors per year.
“It’s a conservative estimate,” says Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, CEO of Aldar Properties, the developers behind the ambitious design.
With over 400 stores, Yas Mall will be the second largest shopping complex in the United Arab Emirates, developers hoping it will emulate the success of neighboring Dubai Mall — double the size at 502,000 square meters. More info