Ibn Battuta Mall just got a whole lot bigger. 300,000 square feet bigger, in fact. And that means 60 new shops, restaurants and cafes for us to enjoy, bringing the total to 400.
The opening is just the first phase of a huge project at the world's largest themed retail complex, which already welcomes 20 million visitors a year.
It added that among the new stores are Decathlon, United Furniture, Marks & Spencer, Under Armour, Iconic, Superdry, Jashanmal and Paul, as well as expansions to Homes R Us, which now spans two levels, and Paris Gallery.
The expansion is the springboard for a series of subsequent extensions that will transform the existing Ibn Battuta complex into a giant retail, entertainment and leisure destination spanning seven million sq ft, said Nakheel.
A two-storey link connecting the mall to Ibn Battuta Metro Station is also due to open in the next few weeks, bringing another 90 outlets including a 24 hour food court, and Ibn Battuta's first hotel - a 372-room Premier Inn - is scheduled to open later this year.
HERE'S WHAT ELSE IS TO COME....
AND HERE'S THE CELEBRATION AT TODAY'S OPENING
These will be followed by another 4.7 million sq ft development - to be constructed over the next three to five - comprising a mall with a glass-covered courtyard, a new cinema complex, a multi-storey car park and another hotel.
Set on a 5.6 million sq ft site, the 1.2 km long Ibn Battuta Mall is themed around the travels of renowned 14th century Arabian explorer of the same name.
*All pictures provided by Nakheel
This article first appeared in Arabian Business