We're not short of malls here in Abu Dhabi, but that doesn't mean there isn't space for more.
In fact, when there's a new mall that promises to be eco-friendly we're all for it.
The Dhs300 million My City Centre Masdar is now open is Majid Al Futtaim's first in Abu Dhabi.
Inside there are loads of shops, including a Carrefour, and dining options.
It has sustainability at its core, with efficiency savings on energy and water management.
The Carrefour also has sustianably sourced wood, locally grown produce on offer and a commitment to reducing the use of single-use plastic bags - being the first in the UAE not to offer them at the counter.
“It is a tremendous honour for Masdar City to be the home of Abu Dhabi’s most sustainable shopping mall,” says Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, chief executive officer of Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company. “I’d like to congratulate Majid Al Futtaim and all the teams involved in realising this landmark project, which is further evidence of the status of Masdar City as a location for leading businesses and international brands, and of the commercial appeal of low-carbon urban development.”
The mall’s parking bays are shaded by roofing housing photovoltaic cells, generating electricity equivalent to one-fifth of the mall’s annual energy usage. Six percent of parking has been set aside for electric, hybrid or carshare vehicles – and half of these spaces are equipped with charging points.
The mall plans to recycle at least 80 per cent of its operational waste and there are energy-efficient escalators and lifts. When it was being built, all of the materials used during construction were manufactured within 500 km travelling distance of the project site.
Shopping just got a lot greener.