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Fujairah City Centre set for opening

Developer Majid Al Futtaim Properties claims 100% success in leasing store space

  • By Aya Lowe, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 February 20, 2012
  • Gulf News

The Fujairah City Centre
  • Image Credit: Courtesy Majid Al Futtaim Properties
  • Majid Al Futtaim Properties is hoping to deliver Fujairah’s first integrated retail, leisure and entertainment shopping destination when the Fujairah City Centre is inaugurated this year.

Fujairah: Majid Al Futtaim Properties has announced that its sixth shopping mall in the UAE, Fujairah City Centre, is due to open on April 4.

Fujairah City Centre will be the first shopping, leisure and entertainment destination in Fujairah with 34,000 square metres of retail space and 105 value and mid-market brands, 85 per cent of which will be new to Fujairah, Majid Al Futtaim Properties said.

"We expect a strong, robust year in terms of footfall. This will also be bolstered by the increasing residential and tourism developments in the area. Fujairah City Centre is the largest shopping mall in the emirate of Fujairah, and a key destination for the secondary trade areas in the northern emirates of Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain. Given the underdeveloped retail landscape in these areas, Fujairah City Centre will be one of the pioneering malls to introduce the lifestyle, entertainment and shopping destination concept to the residents of Fujairah and neighbouring emirates," said Majid Al Fahim, senior mall manager.

Full-fledged start

According to the developer, the target is to have all 105 stores trading on the opening day. The anchor tenants include Centrepoint, Paris Gallery, Max Fashion and the emirate's largest Carrefour outlet.

"One hundred per cent of Fujairah City Centre's 105 stores are leased. We have been in a fortunate position where demand for space outweighed availability," Al Fahim said.

Over 35 per cent of the mall's stores are dedicated to women's, men's and children's clothing and accessories and will include brands such as H&M, New Look, Sun & Sand Sports, Aeropostale, Charles & Keith, Aldo, Promod, Garage, Koton, Steve Madden, Springfield and Nine West. Children's and specialised maternity brands include Cotton on Kids, Mothercare and Mom & Me.

The centre's Food and Beverage selection will encompass 25 outlets including Wendy's, Subway, NYC Fries, Just Falafel and Bombay Chowpatty, Chili's, Pizza Express, Taj Spice, Beanstro, PinkBerry, Patchi, Candelite and Tim Horton's.

VOX Cinemas and a Magic Planet family entertainment centre will make up the mall's main entertainment unit.

"We have always enjoyed a very positive relationship with Majid Al Futtaim for several years now and we are excited about the group's new outlets at Fujairah City Centre. Our brands will contribute to 22 per cent of the mall area, thus strengthening our portfolio of outlets in Fujairah. We opened our first stores in Fujairah in the mid-nineties. The prospects for retailing in Fujairah have always been promising and we look forward to growing our presence in a bigger manner in the years to come," said Manu Jeswani, director of Landmark Group.

A growing residential population has boosted the retail industry in the emirate. While it is not as developed as the two main retail centres, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, it is steadily growing. According to Euromonitor, consumers in Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah spent $460 million (Dh1.68 billion) on clothing and footwear last year, compared with $3.4 billion in Dubai and $3.5 billion in Abu Dhabi.

Partnership

Fujairah City Centre is located at the intersection of the new Fujairah-Dubai highway and the Masafi Highway at the entrance to the city.

It is being developed jointly with the government owned Fujairah Investment Establishment and is estimated to be worth Dh400 million.

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