A new shopping mall and hotel are set to open in Dubai’s Motor City in early 2017, as part of an investment worth $(AED500m).

First Avenue, based at the edge of the Dubai Autodrome, will have 70 high-street retailers and 15 casual dining restaurants. The two-storey development stretches across 46,451m2, with a one kilometre roadway linking each end.

The development, owned and operated by Saudi Arabia’s Al Tawfeeq for Development and Investment (ATDI), will open in the first quarter of next year.

The mall is designed as an environmentally friendly, contemporary, European-style, with an indoor-outdoor boulevard and Arabesque influences. The mall expects to attract footfall from a densely populated catchment area, with the shops, restaurants, healthcare services and a hotel drawing visitors across all market segments.

The development will have a children’s entertainment area, as well as an underground car park with 400 spaces. More info

By Paromita Dey  www.constructionweekonline.com