Dubai, 3 October 2013: Nakheel today confirmed upscale British supermarket chain Waitrose as a first and flagship tenant at the AED2.5 billion Nakheel Mall on Palm Jumeirah. Waitrose will occupy a 4,200 square metre area at Nakheel’s new retail, dining and entertainment complex, which will open in 2016. More than 100,000 sqm of shop space, spread over five levels, is available. Ali Rashid Lootah, Chairman of Nakheel, said: “We are delighted to welcome Waitrose to Nakheel Mall, which will create focal point for Palm Jumeirah and bring a new dimension to shopping, dining and leisure in Dubai. It will enhance the services and facilities for residents of The Palm, and provide an exciting new destination for people across the UAE, including the millions of tourists who visit each year.” Mr Ali Albwardy, Chairman of Fine Fare Food Market, added: “Nakheel Mall on Palm Jumeirah is an exciting retail development and we are delighted to be represented there. Waitrose aims to combine the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop and we looking forward to bringing this experience closer to the residents and visitors to the Palm.”
Nakheel Mall – endorsed earlier this year by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai – will be built in the centre of Palm Jumeirah’s trunk. Ground work is underway, with construction beginning by the end of 2013. A 50-storey, five star hotel will also be built alongside the Nakheel Mall.
The Nakheel Mall and Hotel complex will have three basement parking levels, 4,000 parking bays, a 1,000 sqm indoor garden and a 180 metre high viewing deck with panoramic views of Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai skyline. There will be more than 300 shops, including Waitrose and two anchor department stores, a nine-screen cinema and six medical clinics. The Mall will also have a roof plaza with restaurants and cafes as well as a host of eateries inside.