Al Ain gets new shopping mall
Wahat Hili Mall sees 175,000 visitors a week by end-2013
Wahat Hili Mall, the latest addition in Al Ain shopping malls, on Monday opened doors for customers, offering 160 retail outlets and Géant Hypermarket.
The location of the Mall is expected to result in its visitor numbers crossing 175,000 per week by the end of the year, it said.
The mall’s three-storey, 30,000 square-metre gross leasable area development encompasses 160 retail outlets and occupies over 6,900 square-metres of retail space, offering an local selection of perishable and non-perishable goods.
Among the other famous names making their first foray into Al Ain are Fitness First, family entertainment centre My Play Zone and electronics anchor E-Max, while a deal with Landmark Group sees the addition of Baby Shop, Splash, Shoexpress and Lifestyle. Local, regional and international brands make up 65 per cent of the mall’s gross leasable area (GLA), with more to confirm their tenancy soon.
It also hosts 14 casual dining and 13 food court outlets for the mall visitors.
The restaurants, cafes and fast food facilities include Baskin Robbins, Burger Hood, China Wall, Fresco, Jamaica Blue, La Brioche, Le Bistro, McDonald’s, Papa John’s Pizza, Pizzaro ,Salamlek, Solidair Restaurant and Subway. Food and beverage outlets make up 22 per cent of the mall’s GLA.
Saeed Al Dhaheri, CEO of Wahat Hili Mall, said: “It has been a long and fascinating journey getting to where we are now and I would like to say thank you to the developers, local supporters, retailers and all other stakeholders who have made this possible. We believe that Wahat Hili Mall will put Al Ain firmly on the map as a destination of choice for visitors from far and wide.”
The centre occupies a strategic location in Al Ain’s Hili District, a thriving tourist area and bustling suburb in the north of the city.
The mall occupies a total of 6.5 hectares of prime real estate and is surrounded by arterial routes to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman. Guests to the mall from further afield who require an extended stay can enjoy the comforts of the adjacent Hili Rayhaan by Rotana, a five-star hotel with over 250 rooms.