City Centre Al Zahia will become the largest mall in the Northern Emirates.
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DUBAI – Shoppers in Sharjah will have to wait another year before they can visit the emirate’s newest mall, City Centre Al Zahia.
Mall operator Majid Al Futtaim announced that the opening date for the mall has been postponed to March 2021.
“The decision to defer the mall opening date has been taken in light of the global disruption in the retail sector due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to Majid Al Futtaim in a statement sent to Expatmedia.net.
“The decision allows tenants sufficient time to prepare for their new store openings and ensure they can provide a compelling customer experience,” it added.
Stretching across 136,200 sqm of gross leasable space, City Centre Al Zahia will become the largest mall in the Northern Emirates and the centrepiece of Majid Al Futtaim’s developments in Sharjah once open.
The upcoming mall will provide a mix of more than 360 brands, all housed within a contemporary retail environment with “stunning architecture and comprising of relaxing public spaces”.
“In line with our delivery commitments, the construction of the mall has run to schedule since we first broke ground. However, in light of the global changes that have impacted the retail industry, we have taken the prudent decision to revise the opening date of City Centre Al Zahia in the best interest of our customers and tenants,” said Shireen El Khatib, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim – Shopping Malls Business Unit.
The revised opening date adds to the measures Majid Al Futtaim has already taken since the beginning of the pandemic in support of its tenant partners across all shopping malls including the waiving of rental payments, while malls were closed.
It also launched two new online shopping platforms for the UAE to enable tenants to reach customers and continue trading. This includes the “Trends At Your Doorstep” initiative that was recently launched by Mall of The Emirates, and “Marketplace” for other Majid Al Futtaim malls. ICA/Expat Media
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