Dubai’s Nakheel highlights projects worth AED14.5 billion at international retail real estate show in France
Cannes is calling as developer sets sights on European partners at MAPIC 2015
UAE master developer Nakheel will meet a host of European retailers and investors as it highlights retail projects in Dubai worth over EUR3.7 billion (AED14.5 billion) in construction costs at MAPIC, the annual international retail real estate show in Cannes, France.
Nakheel, the Middle East’s biggest retail developer with more than 15 million square feet (1.4 million sq metres) of shop space across 14 existing and upcoming large-scale projects, will highlight the unique opportunities offered by Dubai’s retail and leisure scene at the event, which takes place this week and expects to attract over 8,000 delegates.
The company has over 11 million sq ft (one million sq metres) of retail space in the pipeline through 10 projects anticipated for delivery over the next three to four years.
The projects – at various stages of design and construction – are Nakheel Mall and The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah; Deira Mall and Deira Islands Night Souk at the new Deira Islands coastal city; Al Khail Avenue and The Circle Mall at Jumeirah Village, one of Nakheel’s largest master communities; Warsan Souk at Warsan Village; two major extensions to the existing Ibn Battuta Mall and a large expansion at Dragon Mart, to be renamed Dragon City.
Nakheel – developer of some of the world’s most famous global landmarks including Palm Jumeirah, The World, Jumeirah Islands and Ibn Battuta Mall – has awarded construction contracts to the tune of EUR1.2 billion (AED4.7 billion) for retail projects in the last three years, but is now set to treble that figure with another EUR2.5 billion (AED9.8 billion) worth of contracts in the pipeline.
The company already operates four million square feet (371,600 sq metres) of retail space at Ibn Battuta Mall, Dragon Mart and Golden Mile Galleria, which together have over 4,400 outlets. Nakheel’s retail pipeline will add 7,500 stores.
Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said: “Dubai is a global destination for tourism and trade, of which retail is a key element. As a major developer who has already delivered some of Dubai’s world-famous projects, Nakheel is bringing significant new opportunities for retailers and consumers through a major expansion into the retail development sector.
“Our retail offering includes a range of new landmark projects to be delivered in line with Dubai’s 2021 vision. Located in prime positions across Dubai, with thousands of stores, dining outlets and entertainment venues, these are set to become leading destinations and attractions for millions of Dubai’s residents and tourists. Some are already fully leased – proof of the appetite among retailers to be part of Dubai’s future.
“MAPIC is the annual event for the retail estate industry. We look forward to meeting key industry players and to fostering new, long term relationships here.”