The AED 260 million (US$ 71 million) redevelopment and expansion of City Centre Sharjah, one of Sharjah’s largest shopping malls, is now 75 percent complete. The redevelopment, which will add 13,700 square metres (147,466 sq. ft.) of retail space, is now entering its final phase, according to mall-owner Majid Al Futtaim. The mall project is expected to create hundreds of direct and indirect jobs in Sharjah.
Among the new additions to the City Centre mall is the massive, 12-screen, high-tech VOX Cinemas multiplex. The expansion also adds about 25 new fashion and lifestyle stores, more food and beverage outlets and leisure activities. Car parking are also being expanded, adding 700 parking spaces. Other amenities include banks and a City Centre Clinic, a multidisciplinary health centre.
Opened in 2001, the popular City Centre Sharjah has an existing gross leasable area of 38,000 square metres (409,029 sq. ft.) and now attracts some 11.4 million visitors per year. The redevelopment project, which will include an overall design refresh for the malls interiors, is expected to allow the venue to add 25 fashion and lifestyle stores, increasing the mall’s total number of retailers to 150. The expansion will also include a new 12-screen cinema operated by VOX Cinemas. Other additional facilities and enhancements will include four new dining options, a City Centre Clinic and 700 new covered parking spots.
Majid Al Futtaim Holding is also building a ‘super-regional’ shopping mall at the master-planned Al Zahia residential community in Sharjah, which is planned to open in 2018. The new super-regional mall will have a gross leasable area of 130,000 square metres (1.4m sq ft) and will be named City Centre Al Zahia. The centre is expected to have a wide catchment area due to its strategic location near Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (E311), which connects the emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain and Ras al-Khaimah.
Sharjah is adding over 3.5 million square feet (325,000+ sqm.) of retail mall space by the year 2020, to include current expansion plans for existing malls and new mall projects.
Source: Majid Al Futtaim