Abu Dhabi's Marina Mall to undergo Dh3 billion extension

Abu Dhabi’s National Investment Company (NIC) has revealed plans to start work on a Dh3 billion project to expand Marina Mall at the end of the capital’s Corniche.

NIC said that work will start on the Dh3bn extension in the first quarter of next year, and that the existing mall will also undergo a Dh300 million upgrade.

The work is set to complete in 2019, which will be after the proposed opening dates for two new Abu Dhabi malls worth $1bn each – Al Maryah Central and Reem Mall.

The 120,000-square-metre extension has been designed by DP Architects — the Singapore-based firm which was behind the design of The Dubai Mall. It will consist of two parts to the north and south side of the existing mall, and will add space for new luxury brands and a new food court. Car parking capacity will also be expanded.

NIC said that approvals for the project from Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council are “well under way”.

Jihad Dirani, the head of leasing at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi, said: “We are entering an exciting phase of Marina Mall’s development, as we continue our journey to deliver an excellent visitor experience.

“We are currently in the process of selecting the right suppliers and contractors, while looking to evolve our leasing portfolio.”

Mr Dirani said Marina Mall had “been a social and commercial success since its doors first opened over 14 years ago.

“As part of our growth strategy combined with the increase in visitor numbers, we are delighted to announce this major expansion,” he added.

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