Majid Al Futtaim plans to develop two malls in Saudi

Business Monday 08/February/2016 18:22 PM
By: Times News Service
Majid Al Futtaim plans to develop two malls in Saudi

Muscat: Two new landmark shopping malls will be developed in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh by Majid Al Futtaim, which will see a series of luxury international fashion brands, as well as unique entertainment and leisure experiences come to the Kingdom for the first time at Mall of Saudi and City Centre Ishbiliyah.
The two new developments will bring the total number of Majid Al Futtaim owned and operated malls to more than 20 across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region and will help continue the company’s rich heritage of launching many of the world’s most sought after brands into new markets.
The mall concepts of Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Mena region, are expected to be funded in line with the company’s prudent financial management and consistent with its BBB credit rating levels.
Alain Bejjani, chief executive officer of Majid Al Futtaim Holding said: “Today is a significant milestone for Majid Al Futtaim, and one that we have been eagerly awaiting. For over two decades we have been shaping the retail landscape in the region and beyond by introducing its first integrated retail, leisure and entertainment experience, driven by the vision of our founder to create great moments for everyone, every day.”
“Our spirit of innovation has seen us make it snow in the desert for the first time with Ski Dubai, introduce the region’s first indoor and outdoor waterpark in Bahrain, and bring countless world-renowned international brands to the Middle East and beyond. We look forward to delivering similar life-changing experiences for residents and guests of Saudi Arabia through our new mall developments in Riyadh, which will also deliver more than 10,000 direct and indirect jobs to the capital,” he added.
“Bringing to life such iconic destinations requires a significant amount of collaboration between the public and private sectors. We are privileged to witness the authorities welcoming our projects and investments by ensuring the highest levels of support and collaboration. We are confident that these Majid Al Futtaim destinations will delight our customers, drive economic growth and benefit local communities for many years to come,” he added.
In north Riyadh, Majid Al Futtaim plans to build Mall of Saudi, the Kingdom’s largest and first fully integrated lifestyle destination, with a total land area of over 866,000 square metres which will include one of the world’s largest indoor snow parks. The development plan also includes 300,000 square metres of shops, restaurants and entertainment areas, prime residential units, offices and show rooms space, luxury hotels, serviced apartment buildings and other public amenities.
The ‘Mall of’ brand is Majid Al Futtaim’s flagship super regional mall offering which brings unique experiences to customers in the Mena region, including snow parks and ski slopes, the most sought after brands from luxury to lifestyle, an exclusive mix of food and beverage, and other innovative retail concepts.
The first phase of development at Mall of Saudi, which is set to commence by mid-2017 and be completed by 2022, will see the opening of the mall, ski slope, one hotel and serviced apartment building as well as other general infrastructures. Future phases will include the development of the residential, office, medical centre and hotel plots. Once completed the development will provide a landscaped and green environment for both local residents and tourists to live, work and play.
In east Riyadh, Majid Al Futtaim plans to expand the region’s largest mall network by building City Centre Ishbiliyah. The mall will be Saudi Arabia’s first City Centre mall, which is an international award-winning brand with 13 malls located across the Mena region. It will cover over 100,000 square metres of gross leasable area and will feature 250 stores, a 9,000 square metres Carrefour hypermarket, a food court and an entertainment complex inclusive of Magic Planet. The key areas of the mall will be designed to create distinct precincts that flow into each other and create delightfully different experiences for the customers as they move from one to the other.