Abu Dhabi’s retail landscape is set to be redefined by the opening of The Galleria, a new 33,000 sqm (GLA) luxury shopping and dining destination developed by Gulf Related and Mubadala. Featuring more than 100 of the world’s most renowned retail outlets, The Galleria brings a new era of stylish and sophisticated shopping to the capital and the region.
Featuring an unrivaled collection of designer labels and high-end brands, as well as the finest cuisines from some of the world’s most acclaimed dining concepts, The Galleria is set to attract discerning glamour seekers as they explore the latest collections by day, and explore the city’s most happening venues by night. Situated on Al Maryah Island, home to the capital’s new Central Business District, The Galleria boasts spectacular waterfront views across the Abu Dhabi cityscape and elevates the city’s retail offering with one of the highest concentrations of luxury brands in the Middle East.
Fifty brands have chosen this new luxury destination to open their first stores in Abu Dhabi against the back-drop of a boundary pushing retail environment the Galleria. These include international labels such as Aspinal of London, Berluti, Boucheron, Celine, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Tory Burch, Alexander McQueen, Moschino, Thomas Pink, Pucci, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Pomellato, Emporio Armani Caffe, Almaz by Momo and Magnolia Bakery.
Ali Eid AlMheiri, Executive Director of Mubadala Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI), said: “Al Maryah Island was created to be the center of business and commerce for the evolving Abu Dhabi. Major projects like The Galleria and Rosewood Abu Dhabi at Sowwah Square mark the transition from a pure business zone to a fully integrated CBD. The Galleria is a best-in-class showcase which will raise the standards in retail across the region, and have a positive impact on life in Abu Dhabi.”
Kenneth A. Himmel, Co-Managing Partner of Gulf Related, President and CEO of Related Urban, said: “The Galleria represents a unique combination of world-class architecture, interior design and superior finishes that perfectly complement the unprecedented collection of luxury retailers. The result is a shopping and dining destination like no other in the Middle East. We are delighted to add this outstanding project to our portfolio of internationally celebrated developments and confident of its long lasting positive impact on Abu Dhabi’s retail landscape that will benefit both the community and visitors. We look forward to building on the success of The Galleria with Sowwah Central which will open in 2017 and when combined, will offer over 500 retail, leisure, dining and entertainment options”.
The Galleria also offers a remarkable array of culinary diversity, catering to any craving with a range of licensed and unlicensed fine-dining restaurants that complement iconic cafes and quick service casual dining. Culinary destinations opening on day one include Almaz by Momo and Emporio Armani Caffé which offer with breath-taking views of Abu Dhabi’s skyline while an additional 11 gourmet outlets over the course of the next six months - Zuma, Biryani Pot, Bentley Bistro & Bar, Burger Fuel, Café Bateel, Caffé Nero, Carluccio’s, Magnolia Bakery, Lemongrass, Nolu’s Downtown, and Taqado. Major retail groups such as the Chalhoub, Al Tayer and Richmont groups have all committed to The Galleria, bringing a range of iconic brands to the luxury shopping destination.
Patrick Chalhoub, Joint CEO of the Chalhoub Group, said: “The opening of The Galleria will definitely transform the retail landscape of Abu Dhabi which will now offer a distinct destination for luxury retail. The Chalhoub Group is delighted and excited to be part of this iconic project for the Capital and look forward to creating an incredible shopping experience.”
Khalid Al Tayer, CEO Retail, Al Tayer Group, said: “The Galleria presents a new, world standard platform for our luxury brand partners and customers in Abu Dhabi. Coupled with its unique dining options, The Galleria perfectly complements the ambitions of the emirate to further grow into a vibrant, dynamic retail destination.”
The Galleria’s stunning architecture enhances the retail experience and its innovative and inspired design creates a sophisticated iconic shopping destination that captures the exclusive nature of the project. The retail precinct connects to its neighboring leisure and commercial developments through a unique network of climate-controlled corridors including The Rosewood Abu Dhabi ultra-luxury hotel, which opened in May 2013 and offers five-star accommodation just a minute’s stroll away.
“The opening of The Galleria marks a key milestone in the expansion of both Gulf Capital and Gulf Related,” said Dr. Karim El Solh, CEO of Gulf Capital and Co-Managing Partner of Gulf Related. “As it raises the bar for destination dining and luxury shopping in Abu Dhabi, The Galleria is a precursor for Sowwah Square’s unparalleled impact on business and leisure in the capital and paves the way for an ambitious portfolio of upcoming projects.”
The Galleria forms part of Phase 1 of Al Maryah Island’s phased development on Sowwah Square, which is made up of four commercial towers, along with the iconic Exchange Building, Rosewood Abu Dhabi and Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi. In addition, NBAD and Al Hilal Office Headquarters, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and FarGlory’s mixed-use hotel, residential and office development are situated on Al Maryah Island.
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About The Galleria: The Galleria Al Maryah Island is a luxury shopping and dining destination with a stunning waterfront promenade located in the heart of Abu Dhabi. With more than 130 shops under one roof, The Galleria will feature a mix of high-end retailers and licensed and unlicensed chef-driven restaurants and cafes. Opening in August 2013, The Galleria will be home to the world’s most iconic luxury fashion and fine jewelry brands, as well as an array of first to Abu Dhabi brands.
About Gulf Related: Gulf Related is a regional real estate development company focused on retail, residential and high-end mixed-use real estate developments in the Middle East. Gulf Related represents a joint-venture between Gulf Capital, one of the Middle East's leading alternative asset management firms, and Related Companies, one of the largest private real estate development and investment firms in the United States. The Gulf Related team leverages Related’s core in real estate planning, development and management; while Gulf Capital brings strong regional relationships, access to deal flow, and fund raising capabilities. Gulf Related is focused on pursuing marquee large-scale mixed-use real estate development opportunities in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. In addition to developing The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Gulf Related is also developing Sowwah Central, a dynamic mixed use development featuring a super-regional shopping center (148,644 sq m or 1.6 million sq. ft. GLA) and adjoining luxury hotel and residential towers, linking seamlessly to The Galleria and set to open in 2017. In addition, Gulf Related is also developing a 550 unit expatriate residential compound in Riyadh, KSA. Gulf Related is identifying additional multi-phase, master-planned, mixed-use development opportunities in urban centers as well as large-scale community developments. Related brings to Gulf Related extensive expertise and experience having created some of the most internationally recognizable and celebrated retail driven mixed-use developments in the United States including Time Warner Center in New York, CityPlace in West Palm Beach and the largest private development in the USA, Hudson Yards, currently under development in Manhattan.
About MREI: Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI), a business unit of Mubadala Development Company PJSC, operates as an equity partner and asset manager, focusing on social infrastructure projects and Real Estate investment opportunities, both within the UAE and overseas. The unit develops strategic commercial, residential and leisure districts that are central to Abu Dhabi’s long term development plans, as well as delivering supporting infrastructure essential to the Emirate’s economic diversification. These major projects are part of the government’s 2030 plan, a comprehensive strategy to develop the capital into an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, world-class city. MREI works to international standards of quality, functionality and sustainability. A number of local hospitality sector projects are attracting world-class hotel and leisure operators, which are vital to Abu Dhabi’s growing luxury tourism industry. Key Real Estate projects include Sowwah Square, the heart of Abu Dhabi’s new visionary Central Business District on Al Maryah Island. The unit is also responsible for the development of several pioneering infrastructure projects including the UAE University, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Zayed University Abu Dhabi’s new campus. Collectively, these investments remain true to the Mubadala mandate by delivering positive financial and social benefit for the community while supporting the socio-economic development of the Emirate and providing long-term financial returns.