The US$300m Beirut City Centre shopping mall is set to open next year and could create 1,200 retail jobs according to developer Majid Al Futtaim (MAF). The project, located in the capital’s Hazmieh district on the Damascus-Beirut road, will house a total of 200 stores over three levels and 40 international food and beverage outlets, including the first Carrefour hypermarket in Lebanon and an open-air, rooftop dining area. Beirut City Centre is the first shopping destination to be built by mall developer MAF in the country and will also include a VOX Cinemas multiplex and a Magic Planet family entertainment centre. Having commenced construction on the mall in September 2009, MAF has scheduled completion for early 2013. As with some of MAF’s other retail destinations, the mall is aiming for a LEED silver rating by incorporating eco-friendly technologies into the design.