Majid Al Futtaim opens new wing at City Centre Ajman featuring more than 50 international brands and dining concepts

Majid Al Futtaim opens new wing at City Centre Ajman featuring more than 50 international brands and dining concepts

Ajman, United Arab Emirates, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim – the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia – announced the opening of 50 exciting international brands and dining concepts as part of its ongoing enhancement project at City Centre Ajman.

City Centre Ajman is transforming into a regional mall with an investment of AED 643 million, which is part of Majid Al Futtaim’s announcement made in June 2016 to increase its total investment in the UAE by AED 30 billion by 2026, taking its total investment in the country to AED 48 billion.

With a gross leasable area of 34,000 sqm, the mall brings 14 brands to Ajman for the first time.  Fashion-forward shoppers will find all their beauty essentials at international stores Inglot and Lush, which mark their debut in the emirate. Style enthusiasts can also shop for all the latest, trendy outfits at Garage and US Polo, which make their first foray into the city, as well.

City Centre Ajman takes family dining to the next level by introducing alfresco eating options for diners who want to enjoy the cool weather while savouring a multi-cuisine spread. Portuguese-style casual dining restaurant Nando’s, Turkish cuisine masters Mado café and authentic Italian comfort food restaurant Pizza Express are serving up their world-famous recipes to residents and tourists for the first time in Ajman.

Visitors can also opt to start their day with a steaming cup of coffee and buttery croissants at the new, bigger Starbucks and Gerard Café, which have an indoor and outdoor seating area, or sit down with friends in the central galleria for a hearty breakfast of freshly toasted bagels and beverages at Tim Hortons.

Adrenaline seekers and young-at-hearts can enjoy hours of fun at Majid Al Futtaim’s family entertainment centre, Magic Planet, which is now grown to 1,466 sqm in size. While the kids have their time out on the rides, parents can kick back and enjoy the latest movies at the relocated VOX Cinemas at City Centre Ajman.

The innovatively designed mall extension boasts a bigger parking facility with 1,800 spaces. It took more than six million man hours to construct the striking new wing, which has a central galleria, skylight roof allowing natural light to stream in during the day and contrast lighting levels in stores that create an inviting ambiance for shoppers.

The first phase of the expansion was carried out in line with green building protocol and Majid Al Futtaim’s sustainability strategy. Energy-efficient design and procedures, including installing LED lighting and water-saving, low-flow faucets and fixtures help reduce the mall’s carbon footprint.

The next development phase will involve the renovation of the existing mall which will see City Centre Ajman grow from 29,000 to 55,300 sqm in size upon completion in 2019.  As part of the upgrades, the public areas and facilities, including the toilets, baby changing area and prayer rooms will be enhanced for a seamless transition between the old and new section of the mall.

“The new wing at City Centre Ajman, which features more than 50 international brands and dining concepts, is set to revolutionise the emirate’s retail landscape,” said Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Managing Director for Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Shopping Malls (UAE, Bahrain & Oman).

“We are proud to bring 14 world-class brands that make their debut in Ajman, underscoring our continued leadership in the retail sector. We’ve listened carefully to our fashion-conscious customers who want the convenience of shopping for their favourite brands closer to home and have addressed that demand with our diverse range of new stores and restaurants.

As City Centre Ajman transforms into a regional shopping mall, our focus on contemporary design with convenience and accessibility at the centre of our services, a tailored retail mix with dynamic new brands and unique dining and entertainment concepts continue to make it a destination of choice for both residents and tourists.

City Centre Ajman’s expansion project complements Majid Al Futtaim’s additional investments in the Northern Emirates, which includes the recent opening of My City Centre Al Dhait in Ras Al Khaimah and the expansion of City Centre Sharjah in 2018.

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Majid Al Futtaim Properties announces first solar power deal with Enova

Majid Al Futtaim Properties announces first solar power deal with with Enova


Dubai, UAE, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Enova – the regional leader in integrated energy and multi-technical services – will supply solar power to four Majid Al Futtaim malls, delivering expected savings of AED 80 million.

Enova’s first solar power deal with Majid Al Futtaim Properties was signed on World Environment Day, the United Nations’ annual initiative to promote sustainability.

The deal is set to cut the four malls’ carbon dioxide emissions by 3,200 tons per year – the equivalent of taking 700 cars off the roads– and will see the technology installed at Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Fujairah. Following City Centre Me’aisem and My City Centre Al Barsha, the first malls to be fitted with solar panels a year ago, this new agreement covering four more UAE malls strengthens Majid Al Futtaim’s pioneering role in the region and is the first solar project to involve Enova.

Solar panels contain photovoltaic cells, which absorb energy from the sun and convert it into electricity. The power generated is then fed directly into the malls’ electrical network. Under this deal, about 12,500 panels will be installed across the buildings, covering an area of 25,000 square metres, including 1,020 car ports. Feasibility studies are underway with a view to rolling the project out across other assets. The scheme will enable Majid Al Futtaim Properties to generate 6,000 MWhof electrical energy annually, earning it points with the LEED certification system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the globally recognised green building benchmark.

Enova’s CEO, Anne Le Guennec, said: “Every day throughout the Middle East, Enova helps firms achieve their best performance and environmental targets, freeing them to concentrate on their core business activities. Our energy management solutions are based on a comprehensive package of services, including design, commissioning, strategy and long-term maintenance – and when parts eventually expire we’ll take them away for recycling.”

Benefiting from the global experience of its parent company, Veolia, Enova is able to offer a holistic and circular solution for when the solar panels will need to be replaced after an expected lifespan of around 25 years. The French firm, which created Enova in 2002 in partnership with Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, has helped previous clients recycle worn parts from its renewable energy systems in compliance with environmental legislation such as the European Union’s WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive, which requires solar panel importers and manufacturers to collect and process end-of-life equipment.

Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Managing Director (UAE, Bahrain & Oman) – Property Management, Shopping Malls for Majid Al Futtaim, said: “Investing in renewables aligns with Majid Al Futtaim’s commitment to become a regional leader in environmental stewardship, set out in its ambitious Net Positive strategy and Renewable Energy White Paper. We want to lead by example by applying international best practices across our portfolio and have a positive impact on the communities we serve.”

Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Head of Sustainability at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, said: “At Majid Al Futtaim our sustainability mission is to enhance people’s lives through sustainable real estate. We aim to slash water and energy consumption, creating more of these resources than we consume by 2040, and at least 5 per cent of energy used will come from renewable sources by 2018.”

Al-Zu’bi added, “We have made a concerted effort to apply best-practice global green building standards across our premises across the region and have already introduced several energy efficiency measures thanks to the support of Enova. Majid Al Futtaim is excited to keep on building on the partnership with Enova to lead the way towards a more sustainable future.”

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