A dazzling new dining district is to be created in Abu Dhabi after a massive Dhs3billion make-over of Marina Mall was given the green-light.
Mall owners National Investment Corporation (NIC) has unveiled an ambitious multi-billion dirham project, which will see the retail destination given a major upgrade and an array of new facilities constructed.
NIC has revaled plans for a new promenade, Marina Walk, which will boast 546 metres of waterfront views and 123,000 square metres of leisure and entertainment activities.
Marina Walk will be home to Abu Dhabi’s first skate park as well as a new dining precinct, which will feature a brand-new restaurant tower overlooking the Arabian Gulf.
Work on the expansion bid – including the promenade - is set to get underway in the second half of next year, with upgrades to the mall’s current facilities starting in early 2018.
The promenade will focus on outdoor experiences, including 15,000 sq m of open park areas for community-led events, multiple water features, three helicopter pads and 900 additional parking spaces.
Rami Chehabeddine, chief investment officer, said: “There is no dispute that Marina Mall’s location is unparalleled in Abu Dhabi as it is one of the iconic sites of the capital and this has been one of the key reasons for our continued success. These new plans will allow us to rejuvenate and heighten the experience we offer our customers for many years to come.
“By adding to the incredible mix of shopping, dining and entertainment options we already offer as well as building an even greater environment for our customers we will reinforce our position as the destination of choice for people and families of all ages.”
The Marina Mall extension will begin with the South Block that will be home to a plethora of globally recognized brands, offering a range of luxury and high-end retail, dining facilities and a brand new residential tower.
In addition to the expansion plans, existing features within the current mall will also be upgraded, including introducing LED screens, renovating current store front fixtures to open up the space, as well as enhancing the luxury area and the main entrance.