First Avenue, the new shopping mall and hotel planned for Dubai’s Motor City, has signed up leading retailer Carrefour as a key anchor tenant ahead of the project’s launch early next year.
Carrefour, owned by Majid Al Futtaim, will open the new store in First Avenue while other major retailers are set to be announced for the AED500 million project’s launch during the first quarter of next year.
Carrefour will occupy 15,000 sq ft of space on the ground floor of the new mall’s east side, a statement said.
First Avenue, based at the edge of the Dubai Autodrome, will have 70 high-street retailers and 15 casual dining restaurants. A four-star 150-room hotel, which adjoins the mall, will be operated by Park Inn by Radisson.
The development, owned and operated by Saudi Arabia’s Al Tawfeeq for Development and Investment (ATDI), will open in the first quarter of next year.
Dr Ramy Moussly, ATDI general manager, said: “In Carrefour, First Avenue has a trusted retail brand name with regional and global recognition.
“Over the coming months, we will announce more retail partners for the mall which is responding to demand from residents, tourists and the business community for a unique shopping and hospitality experience. With healthcare services and a children’s entertainment area located in the development, First Avenue is an all-week-round destination, rather than just somewhere to go at the weekend,” said Moussly.
First Avenue is designed as a European-style mall, with an indoor-outdoor boulevard and Arabesque influences while the Park Inn by Radisson will have 150 rooms, all-day restaurant, lobby, meetings and events space, gym, spa and swimming pool and can be accessed directly from the mall.