Shopping in the Gardens

Dubai will have another massive retail complex when The Gardens, developed at a cost of Dhs800 million, opens in 2004.

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By  David Ingham Published  March 11, 2003

Dubai’s consumers will have yet another retail development to enjoy when The Gardens Shopping Mall, developed by Nakheel, opens in the first half of 2004. The Dhs800 million shopping and entertainment centre will be located just off the Sheikh Zayed Road between junctions 5 and 6.

“The Gardens Shopping Mall will provide a unique shopping experience featuring a wide variety of outlets in a themed family oriented environment,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, executive chairman of Nakheel. “Its strategic position within the latest fast growing residential developments in Dubai including The Gardens, The Palm and Jumeirah Islands positions it favourably to draw a significant number of shoppers.”

A unique selling point of the 300 unit mall is that is being built around a distinctive theme, the travels of legendary Arab explorer, Ibn Battuta. The Gardens will therefore include five country-themed shopping zones to reflect Ibn Battuta’s travels through Morocco, Egypt, Persia, India and China.

“We expect that these themes, which will be richly demonstrated through both the architecture and interiors, will draw both UAE residents and tourists alike to experience the atmosphere,” said Bin Sulayem.

According to Bin Sulayem, The Gardens’ location was chosen after careful research into the developments planned in the area. “The results of the research stated that by the end of 2004 the population level within a 5 minute drive of the mall is expected to be over 130,000 and by 2008 over 265,000,” explained Bin Sulayem.

“In addition to this, by 2008, over 880,000 people are expected to be living within a 15 minute drive. Apart from the residents, there are also up to 600,000 tourists per annum staying in hotels within a 15 minute radius. To facilitate this large volume of traffic to the mall a complete road network leading to the project is being developed in collaboration with the Dubai Municipality.”

Nakheel, developer of The Gardens, is the company behind the two Palm Island projects. The mall’s design has been put together by Callison Architects and Hill International has been appointed as project manager. Byvan International Pty Limited, part of the FPDSavills group, will manage The Gardens.

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