Mall of Qatar will be the largest in the country. Officials announced at the Cityscape Qatar event that 70 percent of leasing would be finalised by October this year. Most strategic agreements are in place, they said.
The mall is hoping to capitalise on its location in the heart of “the New Doha” with road and rail connections in close proximity. It is being constructed a 20-minute drive from the centre of the city and in the heart of a major new development area that will see 10,000 new villas being built, alongside new Metro and regional rail links and improved highway connections to the centre of Doha.
Mall of Qatar deputy managing director Shem Krey said: “The mall will be introducing a number of elements into our project that have not been seen in the Middle East before, from the innovative format of our anchor hypermarket to our daily Q-Live entertainment facility and family entertainment centre.”
The mall would offer over 400 shops, three major anchors, a five-star hotel and 81 international restaurants, cafes and speciality food shops. This is in addition to the recently announced news that Cinemacity has been chosen to create the largest cineplex in Qatar, with an IMAX theatre featuring its next-generation digital laser projection system that would be one of 19 screens at the complex. The mall is hoping to attract 10 percent of its footfall from neighbouring Gulf states.
Being built in Al Rayyan, it would cover over 195,000 sq. metres of leasable space and is being developed by the Mall of Qatar with UrbaCon Trading & Contracting as the turnkey general contractor and operator.
Doha Outlet Mall
Meanwhile, Qatar Property Management’s (QPM) Doha Outlet Mall will offer outlets of major global brands selling their products at discounted prices, according to QPM chairman Mana bin Ibrahim Al Mana. Addressing media in Doha, he stated that over 75 percent of the mall’s space has been booked by retailers.
The mall would cover a ground floor area of 20,470 sq. metres and offer 2,500 sq. metres of parking facilities. Al Mana said it would have four department stores, 170 fashion outlets for men, women and children as well as jewellery, electronics, shoe and perfume shops. A food court would also be on the premises for hungry shoppers.