Carrefour part of $400m City Centre

Majid Al Futtaim Investments will open 'City Centre' shopping, entertainment and leisure brand in Bahrain.

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By  David Robinson Published  February 24, 2005

UAE-based regional property developer Majid Al Futtaim Investments has announced it will introduce the 'City Centre' shopping, entertainment and leisure brand to Bahrain, with the island's biggest retail complex set to open in Manama. The project, which will house the Middle East's largest 20-screen Cineco Cinema, and more than 350 stores also features a 54,000 square foot family entertainment centre, called Magic Planet and two hotels with a total of 700 hotel rooms combined, which will directly link to the mall itself. The resort will also be home to the largest indoor water park in the Middle East, covering 135,000 square feet and providing a temperature controlled aquatic experience to visitors all year round. The BD150 million (around US$400 million) Bahrain City Centre will include 10 anchor stores and negotiations are already underway with two major international department stores. Other facilities will include 30 international restaurants and Bahrain's first Carrefour hypermarket, which will span an impressive 172,000 square feet, as well as 6,000 covered car parking spaces. 'Bahrain is a very exciting market and a natural progression for the regional expansion of the 'City Centre' brand name,' said Peter Walichnowski, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Investments. 'Like all of our malls, Bahrain City Centre will have several 'firsts' for the region, both in terms of its sheer size and scope as well as its unique offering of a fully integrated shopping and leisure destination.

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