Retail conglomerate Al-Futtaim is all set to open the biggest IKEA store in the UAE – spread across 32,500 sqm (approximately 349,830 sqft) – at its upcoming shopping destination, Festival Plaza in Jebel Ali. The opening date is tentatively set for mid-December 2019.
This is IKEA’s second store in Dubai and fourth in the UAE after Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Dubai Festival City Mall in Dubai and Customer Ordering and Collection point at Bawadi Mall in Al Ain.
Here’s a sneak peek from the exclusive media tour of IKEA at Festival Plaza.
The top three features of the soon-to-open store include:
Another highlight feature of the upcoming IKEA experience centre is the 70-metre navigation tower, which is tallest for the brand globally.
The store will be spread across two levels, with convenient entrances.
The cash tills sport a new look.
The self-service area is quite massive.
While parents are shopping, kids can stay entertained in a big play area.
Commenting on future expansion plans, Vinod Jayan, managing director for IKEA UAE, Oman & Egypt said, “After opening the second IKEA store in Dubai next month, we will look at foraying into Sharjah as well as evaluate the need for a second store in Abu Dhabi. The second IKEA store will open in Egypt towards end of 2020. We will launch the first IKEA store in Oman towards first quarter of 2021, while online shopping is already available to our Omani customers – like in the UAE.”
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