Ibn Battuta Mall ready for Summer with 70 new brands to the UAE
Thousands of visitors from all over the GCC and beyond are pouring through the doors of Ibn Battuta Mall after the introduction of 70 new brands to the UAE.
Since opening in April, the world’s largest themed mall has brought several international brands to the Emirate including household names such as Geant, IMAX, Fitz & Simons, Fitness First, Tony Roma’s, Lego, The Toy Store, Evisu, Titto Bluni, Ecko Unltd, The Natural Source, Fidel, Conbipel, Lamsa, Strandbags, Marble Slab Creamery and Dolce Vita. With more than 235 retailers open and a variety of entertainment attractions for the whole family, Ibn Battuta Mall is proving popular with an influx of GCC nationals on summer vacation, plus thousands of visitors from Abu Dhabi and the surrounding region.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, Nakheel said: “When Ibn Battuta Mall was in the planning process, it was recognised that the mall needed a significant point of difference to ensure its success in a city which has a worldwide reputation for shopping. Obviously this is reflected in the architectural splendour of the mall and its historical significance is a major point of difference, however, significant effort was also put into the leasing strategy to ensure that the tenancy mix of the mall really stood out in the retail environment in Dubai. All of these factors have combined to provide a truly unique shopping experience at Ibn Battuta Mall.”
For those planning a summer vacation, Ibn Battuta Mall offers a wide range of beachwear stores including Forever 21, Bambu Beach, Ocean Pacific, Beyond the Beach, Hamac, and Heatwaves, while a plethora of stores catering for every sporting activity imaginable include Nike, Go Sport, Sun & Sand Sport, Studio R, and Golf House.
From the very beginning, Ibn Battuta Mall was devised as a venue for the whole family and there is plenty to keep children entertained during the school holidays. Entertainment centre Fun City offers a wide variety of exciting activities for youngsters, while a host of children’s shops located around the mall include The Toy Store, Lego, Wizz, and Sanrio. Ibn Battuta Mall is also a Key Sponsor of the Dubai Summer Surprises 2005 and is playing host to a variety of activities and events throughout the summer months.
Edutainment is a key element to Ibn Battuta Mall and visitors can embark on a Storytelling Tour, where a guide in authentic 14th Century costume will chart the adventures of celebrated Islamic traveller Ibn Battuta across the continents, telling the story behind the architecture of each of the mall’s six courts.
To make sure people have easy access to the mall, Nakheel has built its very own Interchange, offering shoppers direct access to the mall and parking areas. The Interchange has already proven to be a valuable addition to Sheikh Zayed Road, alleviating pressure on the busy highway. Extensive parking facilities for around 5000 cars means the mall is more than equipped to deal with the hundreds of thousands of visitors who have been pouring through the doors.
About Ibn Battuta Mall
Ibn Battuta Mall, a Nakheel project, is located adjacent to Sheikh Zayed Road between Interchanges 5 and 6. The Mall combines retail, entertainment, restaurant and family activities all within a uniquely themed environment. The inspiration for the theme of Ibn Battuta Mall is the legendary Arab explorer Ibn Battuta. The unique design of the shopping mall and separately themed courts are based on his travels through Asia and the Middle East. Each of the six courts is themed on a country and a shopping zone to reflect Ibn Battuta's travels through Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India, and China. The spacious Mall covering an area of 3.1 million square feet, offers a charming mix of shopping outlets, specialty shops, restaurants, a hypermarket and a cinema Megaplex. Parking space has been allocated for more than 5,000 cars, taking the total site space up to 5.4 million square feet.
Nakheel is the uniquely focused property development company behind a variety of new landmark developments in Dubai. Nakheel aims to redefine the concept of property development whether residential, tourist, commercial or retail. It has therefore placed great importance on examining the requirements of the different sectors of the community and developing its visionary projects around these findings.
Nakheel’s portfolio currently includes The Palm, The World, Jumeirah Islands, The Gardens, Ibn Battuta Mall, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Jumeirah Golf Estates, The Lost City, International City, Discovery Gardens, Jumeirah Village and Dubai Waterfront. Further information can be found at www.nakheel.ae