Yas Mall recently opened its doors to media for a sneak peek. The highly anticipated new mall is located on Yas Island among popular attractions like Yas Waterworld, Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World and a host of premium hotels. Its “off island” location makes it an ideal shopping destination for the scores of neighborhoods that currently aren’t serviced by an upscale mall. As a resident of the Al Reef Villas community, I am super excited to have such dynamic shopping so close. Yas Mall boasts a lot of “firsts” for the region and the world like being home to the largest Debenhams outside of the UK. It will also have a full range Victoria’s Secret and the region’s largest Zara and Adidas to name a few. Media were given a tour of the expansive 2.5 million sq. ft. of space and then treated to lunch in the heart of it all, Yas Mall Town Square. Take peek inside…
Doors will open to the public for the first time at 10.00 a.m. on 19th November, days ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Looking ahead, the mall is also expecting to attract significant traffic over the festive and New Year periods. Here are 10 unique features of Yas Mall worth looking forward to…
Accessibility: Yas Mall boasts nearly 10,000 covered parking spaces, with direct access to the highway and only 5 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, 15 minutes from the Capital’s city centre, and 45 minutes from Dubai. Visitors will also have easy access to other Yas Island amenities, including the Ferrari World theme park via an elevated footbridge.
Design: Yas Mall’s design is integral to the visitor experience, with a strong sense of height, light and space. A series of Streets, Avenues, Boulevards and Squares makes Yas Mall easy to navigate for visitors.
Unique Store Concepts: Yas Mall aims to bring many distinctive brands under one roof. All the stores are being encouraged to launch outlets, which are unique in design or offering. Chalhoub Group, known for managing retail outlets and building brands, is creating their first own brand department store. The mall will also house the largest Debenhams outside of the UK in which shoppers will have access to a personal stylist.
New Retail Brands: Yas Mall will house the first Hamley’s, Hollister, Brook’s Brothers in Abu Dhabi, and first Lego Store, standalone Under Armour store, two-level Go Sports store and Joe Fresh in UAE and the first Geant Hypermarket in Abu Dhabi.
Town Square: At the heart of Yas Mall, this central space represents the largest enclosed gathering space of any shopping centre in the Middle East, reinforcing the mall’s important role in the community. Its naturally-lit spaces surrounded by greenery and water features were specially designed to bring the outdoors indoors.
Cinema: The 20 screen Vox Cinemas will boast the biggest MAX screen in Abu Dhabi at 24.5 metres wide. Along with 3 Gold Cinemas, its 4DX technology will engage all five senses and make audiences feel as if they are part of the feature.
F&B: There will be over 60 F&B outlets, including outdoor dining on Cascade Walk and cafes spilling out onto Town Square. Rogo’s, the world’s biggest Rollercoaster Restaurant, will break the mould on how food is served by sending orders to diners on roller coaster tracks. Other brands to look forward to include: The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Changs, Shakespeare and Co., Angelina, Jamba Juice, Champions League Café, Pie Face and PAUL.
Entertainment: Yas Mall is a place for families to spend time together and caters to children of all ages. Offerings include the first Fun Works in the UAE, the region’s largest adventure play system, with a 60,000 sq. ft. area dedicated to playful learning and ‘edutainment’ with activities ranging from science and arts to theatre and construction. The mall will also cater to adults looking for some active fun, with the region’s first Softair Battlezone in which they can experience the thrill of competition.
Art: Acclaimed international Artist Marco Cianfanelli, known for his work in South Africa’s Freedom Park, will be designing three distinct sculptures, which will be strategically placed in and around Yas Mall. The mall also features spectacular hanging paper fibre art, designed by Dutch artist Peter Gentenaar who specializes in paper art, with many of his sculptures displayed in various cities around Europe. There are also plans for temporary exhibitions to entice art aficionados.
Sustainability: Yas Mall is built around green principles. 80% of steel and 50% of wood used in construction has been recycled or sustainably sourced. In addition, 20% of all materials have been procured locally.