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Marina Mall ... set for expansion.

Marina Mall ... set for expansion.

Abu Dhabi mall plans $816m expansion

January 2017

Marina Mall Abu Dhabi is to undergo a Dh3-billion ($816 million) expansion which will see 120,000 sq m of space added to the destination in two years.

With Urban Planning Council (UPC) approval well under way, the mall is likely to break ground on its new extension in the first quarter of 2017.

The masterplan for the revamp is being designed by DP Architects, a renowned architectural firm based in Singapore and the designers of the Dubai Mall.

In addition to the Dh3-billion extension, there will be major enhancements worth Dh300 million ($81.6 million) throughout the mall, said National Investment Company (NIC), the owner of the project.

Jihad Dirani, the head of leasing at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi, said: “We are entering an exciting phase of Marina Mall’s development. We are currently in the process of selecting the right suppliers and contractors, whilst looking to evolve our leasing portfolio.”

The new extension will be divided into two parts, the north and south side of the mall, and will include the latest retail and food and beverage (F&B) brands and new brands exclusive to the mall.

Furthermore, the mall will expand its car-parking for the new development, making it easily accessible to visitors.

Marina Mall Abu Dhabi opened over 14 years ago. In 2006, the mall went through a major expansion, which included the addition of an iconic revolving restaurant tower, as well as an increase in mall facilities and retail outlets.

Within close proximity to Marina Mall Abu Dhabi and part of NIC’s upcoming development projects is Marina Sunset Bay, which will further add to the area’s offerings. The private residential estate, comprising 67 luxury villas, on the breakwater with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf will be environmentally friendly.

Due to open in September 2017 and renowned for its luxury resort hotels across the globe, the luxury beach resort Fairmont Hotel will also be joining the properties in the area.

Marina Mall is also home to ‘Marina Eye’, Abu Dhabi’s first and only observatory wheel which gives guests a bird’s-eye view of the city’s skyline.

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