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The dawn of a new fashion era—a showcase of style enchants guests in a night of glitz and glamour

Sensational showcase establishes The Galleria as the authority on luxury and fashion in the region

The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi’s new luxury shopping and dining destination, last night hosted the glamorous event The Galleria: A Showcase of Style which revealed the district’s unrivalled offerings. Anchored by the most prestigious names in fashion and jewellery, The Galleria has quickly established itself at the forefront of luxury retail offerings.

The dramatic showcase encapsulated the unique experience offered by the precinct, further securing The Galleria’s position as the ultimate destination for luxury in the region. Framed by the stunning sculptural glass atrium, The Great Room set the scene for a memorable night in which the glitterati of the UAE were brought together to celebrate the Capital’s much anticipated urban hub. In an evening that thrilled and delighted, there was ample opportunity for guests to mix with the top echelons of the local and regional fashion circuit, during a stunning reception with the who’s who of the region.

The gala event was attended by HH General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and His Majesty the King of Morocco, H.H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, H.E. Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, CEO Mubadala Development Company and Stephen M. Ross Chairman and Founder of Related Companies, Ali Eid AlMheiri, Executive Director of Mubadala Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI), Kenneth A. Himmel, Co-Managing Partner of Gulf Related, President and CEO of Related Urban and Dr. Karim El Solh, CEO of Gulf Capital and Co-Managing Partner of Gulf Related in addition to dignitaries, VIP’s and the UAE’s elite.

Ali Eid AlMheiri, Executive Director of Mubadala Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI), said: “Modeled on a selection of the world’s most dynamic urban hubs, Al Maryah Island was intended to create a modern and dynamic CBD which would project a powerful image of Abu Dhabi as a leading contemporary Arab City. Our partnership with internationally established entities such as Related for The Galleria and Rosewood Hotel & Resorts for Rosewood Abu Dhabi has ensured the standard of service offerings and amenities available on the Island are at the forefront of conceptual urban living. Following this week’s milestone grand opening of Rosewood Abu Dhabi and tonights inauguration of The Galleria, coupled with the upcoming opening of the beautiful waterfront Promenade which interconnects the district, Sowwah Square is fast establishing itself as Abu Dhabi’s premier urban destination.”

Kenneth A. Himmel, Co-Managing Partner of Gulf Related, President and CEO of Related Urban, said: “The vision for The Galleria was to create a signature flagship destination that would activate Al Maryah Island and its waterfront for all of Abu Dhabi’s residents, guests and visitors, and fill this destination with a carefully curated collection of the best brands in retail today and chef-driven destination restaurants. We have delivered on this vision, presenting one of the highest concentrations of luxury retailers in the Middle East, and a world-class repertoire of aspirational brands-- The Galleria is currently home to 130 retail and dynamic dining concepts. Since our opening in August the market feedback and success rates have surpassed all expectations. A Showcase of Style reflects the true essence of the destination, marking the emergence of The Galleria as an energetic lifestyle destination and true urban hub for The Capital.”

Igniting the evening’s entertainment, and to mark the official opening of The Galleria, HH General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and His Majesty the King of Morocco took part in a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony, which sparked an interactive spiral of illuminations across the property and highlighted The Galleria’s iconic architectural elements in spectacular fashion. Overlooking the Abu Dhabi skyline on The Galleria’s breathtaking promenade, A Showcase of Style presented an enchanting show which crossed the boundaries of theater, fashion and art installation. Curated to provide the perfect stage for The Galleria’s bespoke style, the Showcase reflected the four of the principal cornerstones of The Galleria: innovative architectural design, thriving urban hub, energetic lifestyle living and glamour unlimited, all housed within a stylish district. Complementing the dynamic retail environment The Galleria offers, the visuals for A Showcase of Style used augmented reality to push the boundaries of technology and design resulting in a completely unique sensory encounter.

Developed by Gulf Related and Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI), The Galleria is situated on Al Maryah Island, home to the Capital’s new Central Business District and boasts spectacular waterfront views across the Abu Dhabi cityscape. Featuring 130 of the world’s most renowned retail and culinary outlets and housing fifty new-to-Abu Dhabi brands, The Galleria brings a new era of stylish and sophisticated shopping and dining to the Capital and the Region. Adding to Abu Dhabi’s most alluring urban hub, new dining concepts set to open in the coming months include Bentley Bistro & Bar, Nolu’s Downtown and Zuma.


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About The Galleria: The Galleria on 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 features a mix of high-end retailers and licensed and unlicensed chef-driven restaurants and cafes. Since its opening in August 2013, The Galleria has become home to the world’s most iconic luxury fashion and fine jewelry brands, as well as an array of first to Abu Dhabi brands. For more information about The Galleria, please visit or join The Galleria on and

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.