In pictures: Abu Dhabi's The Galleria opens for business
August 27, 2013
Residents can expect leather goods specialists such as Mulberry, Loewe and Bottega Veneta as well as footwear brands Christian Louboutin, Berluti and Jimmy Choo. Other big names joining the mix are Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Diane von Furstenberg, Cel???
Surrounded by several business towers, The Galleria feels more like a trendy shopping destination in London's Canary Wharf than just another mall. *** Local Caption *** sr-130827-galleria128.jpg
Located in Sowwah Square on Al Maryah Island, the mall is a stone's throw away from the city centre. *** Local Caption *** sr-130827-galleria109.jpg
The Galleria isn't all about shopping - visitors can expect 13 new food outlets, from cafe classics at Emporio Armani Caffe and Café Bateel to gourmet venues such as Zuma and the French-inspired Bentley Bistro & Bar. *** Local Caption *** sr-13082???
The Galleria will be home to the Thai restaurant Lemongrass, the Italian chain Carluccio's, the Mexican eatery Taqado, traditional Hyderabadi Biryani Pot and New Zealand's very own Burger Fuel. *** Local Caption *** sr-130827-galleria159.jpg
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Analysts expect The Galleria, a 33,000 square metre centre, to do well.
With more than 30 fashion outlets new to the capital, The Galleria is set to be one of Abu Dhabi's biggest high-end retail destinations. *** Local Caption *** sr-130827-galleria245.jpg
Shoppers look at sunglasses in Gucci. *** Local Caption *** sr-130827-galleria554.jpg
"It is where we are most likely to see an increased propensity for consumers, particularly high end, high net worth [UAE] nationals who for a long time have been doing the weekend commute to Dubai. *** Local Caption *** sr-130827-galleria581.jpg
The Galleria will also house the capital's first Graff store, best known for its one-of-a-kind stones.
"We're going to see a lot more competition in Abu Dhabi and opportunities for them to spend on the products that they crave," says Richard Adams, a director and senior consultant at Acuity Middle East. *** Local Caption *** sr-130827-galleria620.jp?
You can expect new branches of Abu Dhabi jewellery stores such as Al Manara Jewellery, Bulgari and Cartier as well as a handful of new labels. *** Local Caption *** sr-130827-galleria680.jpg
Today marks the opening of The Galleria, Abu Dhabi's luxurious new retail destination. *** Local Caption *** sr-130827-galleria727.jpg
With an expansive skylight in the entrance foyer, that claustrophobic sensation that comes from being indoors for extended periods of time completely disappears. *** Local Caption *** sr-130827-galleria795.jpg