Dubai shopping malls

Mirdif City Center on track for Mar 2010 opening

Mirdif City Centre, a new shopping mall in Dubai, is on track to open on March 16 next year, developer Majid Al Futtaim (MAFhas said.

Over 90 percent of the mall's retailers are on schedule to open their stores on the first day of business.

"We are on schedule to have over 350 store fit-outs complete a month before the mall actually opens, along with the surrounding road network scheduled for completion early March," said Shahram Shamsaee, senior vice president of asset management at Majid Al Futtaim Properties.

Mirdif City Centre will be the group's first mall in the north-eastern corridor of Dubai, and its third in the emirate, where it also operates Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Centre.

Retailcorp chief executive told Arabian Business on Thursday that the company is also targeting north-eastern Dubai, which it believes is underserved by retailers, and said launching a hypermarket on Nakheel's stalled Palm Deira project was a priority for the firm.

In a sign that non-retail attractions are increasingly important for Dubai's shopping malls, Mirdif City Centre will include a 25,000 sq m entertainment area, featuring iFLY Dubai, an indoor sky-diving centre; Soccer Circus, an interactive football attraction; and Aquaplay, a water-based recreation facility.

The mall will have a gross leasable area of 196,000 sq m, which will house 430 stores.

Anchor stores include Carrefour, Cinestar Cinemas, Debenhams, Emax, Centrepoint and Home Centre.

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