Al Hamra, the Ras Al Khaimah-based real estate developer and investment company, is celebrating several milestones for the newly expanded and upgraded Manar Mall development.
The $100 million investment has seen the mall’s gross leasable area increase from 290,625 sqft to 592,015 sqft, which includes the addition of 80 new retail outlets, taking the tally to over 120 along with 30 F&B outlets.
“We are committed to delivering the ultimate must visit, must return entertainment complex by attracting leading international brands and a diverse range of F&B outlets. Our vision has always been to be the largest and most visited mall in the Northern Emirates, further underscoring our position as the leading developer and investment company in the region,” says Benoy Kurien, group CEO of Al Hamra.
Among the signings in 2018 included Landmark Group’s Ecco, Steve Madden, Carpisa, Koton and Pablosky stores. In addition, Landmark Leisure opened Tridom, the first indoor adventure park of its kind in the Northern Emirates, with one of the tallest indoor drop towers in the Middle East.
Home improvement and lifestyle store Al-Futtaim ACE chose Manar Mall to open its first store in the Northern Emirates. Lals Group opened Homes r Us, as well as American children’s brand Carter’s and affordable lifestyle brand Daiso Japan. UAE-based Al Khayyat Investments opened its first Superdry store in the emirate.
Alshaya Group confirmed the opening of two new retail brands, Muji and American Eagle in 2019. The group will also introduce Shake Shack to the Northern Emirates, joining other F&B outlets which opened in 2018 – including Mado, 971 Emirates Gourmet, Coffee Club, Al Kateam, Caliburger, Icons Coffee, Yummy Waffles and Dunkin Donuts, among others.
Novo Cinemas will undertake a renovation programme in 2019, introducing the first IMAX theatre to RAK.
Rounding out activity will be Manar Mall’s unique waterfront promenade, slated for completion in summer 2019. The development will boast a cinema on water, a range of food trucks, light shows, paddle boats and a play area for kids including water fountains, swings and trampolines.
Manar Mall is already home to international brands such as Carrefour, Marks & Spencer, H&M, Sephora, Next, Mothercare, Boots Pharmacy, Bath & Body Works, McDonald’s and KFC, together with some of the UAE’s home-grown retail brands, such as Paris Gallery, Sun & Sand Sports, Damas and E-Max.
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