Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Construction of the Dh125 million Mall Al Shamkha has begun. The mall is spread over 39,000 square metres and is set to open its doors in the second half of 2014. Razan Alzayani / The National
Construction of the Dh125 million Mall Al Shamkha has begun. The mall is spread over 39,000 square metres and is set to open its doors in the second half of 2014. Razan Alzayani / The National

Dh125m Mall Al Shamkha to open in Emirati suburb in 2014

Mall Al Shamkha is located about 40 kilometres from the city centre and will be spread over 39,000 square metres. It is set to open its doors in the second half of 2014.

ABU DHABI // Emirati residents in Al Shamkha have welcomed news that a Dh125 million community shopping mall will open in the area next year.

Many of them say they lack facilities, the few existing shops overcharge and they have to travel long distances for groceries and other services.

The mall will have 60 outlets – including an Abu Dhabi Co-Operative Society branch – banks, car wash facilities, payment services for government departments, prayer rooms and family entertainment centres, all geared towards the Emirati community.

It is part of a larger Dh3 billion Abu Dhabi Municipality plan to build about 40 community centres across the city with private investors.

“It’s great respite for us that a big mall opens just in front of our home. We don’t have any supermarket in the area except small groceries. And they charge about Dh3 and Dh4 more on products,” said Al Shamkha resident Mohammed Al Hashmi.

“Basically these small groceries exploit us as we don’t have options here. Nearby Baniyas markets also have small outlets but they also charge more and it takes over half an hour to go and come back,” Mr Al Hashmi said.

Mall Al Shamkha will be operated by Cornerstone, Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society’s real estate division, and will be located about 40 kilometres from the city centre.

Thought to open its doors in the second half of next year, it will be spread over 39,000 square metres.

There are about 40,000 residents in Al Shamkha, 66 per cent of which are Emirati families.

Another Emirati resident, Abdul Majeed Al Junaibi, said it would be beneficial to have all shops in the same building as they frequently have to drive to Baniyas.

“We end up in small groceries in Al Shamkha or drive to Baniyas, which takes half an hour. But this mall will be really great to have things under one roof.”

Mr Al Junaibi said he was happy that Abu Dhabi Co-Operative Society was opening a branch in the centre, which he believes normally offers better deals to consumers.

Aayath Malik, also an Emirati resident, was also delighted with the opening of the mall. He usually has to travel to Abu Dhabi city as there is no central place in the area to shop.

“We have to rush from one grocery to another,” he said.

Cornerstone said the mall will serve residents in Al Shamkha, Baniyas North, Khalifa City A and Al Falah.

Andrew Goodwin, director of real estate at Cornerstone, said it was the first centre of its kind catering to the Emirati community.

“Mall Al Shamkha will be Abu Dhabi’s first true community mall to cater for modern and traditional demands.

“It is the first of these new generation shopping centres to be delivered in Abu Dhabi. The mall has 60 outlets in which six will face the car parks so that residents can come, park in front of the shop, buy products and leave. The outlets are to be leased out in the coming six months. There will be 700 parking spaces,” he said.

“It will also offer exceptional services like car washing, typing centres, payment services for government departments, banks and a family entertainment centre. The food court has been designed to suit Emirati families,” he said.

The municipality’s plans for 40 community centres were announced in March and, depending on population density, will include shops, educational facilities, libraries and restaurants.

Cornerstone said it is working to secure an additional four development sites across Abu Dhabi.


Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 Sarah Geronimo. Courtesy: FLASH Entertainment

Sarah Geronimo brings her star power to Abu Dhabi this weekend

Ahead of her Abu Dhabi concert on Thursday night, we take a look at the Filipina singer Sarah Geronimo’s extraordinary career.

 Fatema holds a picture of her son Nurul Karim as she poses for a photograph in front of her slum house in Savar. Fatema lost her son Nurul Karim and her daughter Arifa, who were working on the fifth floor of Rana Plaza when it collapsed on April 24, 2013. All photos Andrew Biraj / Reuters

These women know the real price of cheap high street fashion

Survivors of the world's worst garment factory accident, struggle to rebuild their lives from the rubble of the Rana Plaza collapse as Bangladesh prepares to mark the first anniversary of the disaster.

 Visitors look at the medieval inventor Al Jazari’s water-powered Elephant Clock. The clock is on show at the 1001 Inventions exhibition at Sharjah Expo Centre. Photos Antonie Robertson / The National

1001 Inventions: in praise of Islam’s gifts to the world

Down the centuries, from camera obscura to designing a sail that allowed early seafarers to tack into the wind, Muslim scientists have made many significant contributions to science. Rym Ghazal and Asmaa Al Hameli visit an exhibition in Sharjah that celebrates those contributions

 Mumbai Indians fans cheer they team on the opening match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2014 at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Earn cash back with the IPL cricket in the UAE

Dunia finance promotion allows cricket lovers to earn up to 6 per cent unlimited cash back on any spending they make on a day when an IPL match is played in the UAE.

 Iranian workers at the Iran Khodro auto plant in Tehran on March 18. Maryam Rahmanian for The National

Iran’s love of cars survives devastating sanctions

Sanctions and energy subsidy reductions might have hurt the Iranian automotive industry. But car makers at one factory are still optimistic, Yeganeh Salehi reports from Tehran

 This comparison image shown on Reddit annotated the objects with vehicles from the movies.

Disney confirms that Star Wars: Episode 7 is filming in Abu Dhabi desert

Disney yesterday confirmed that the filming of Star Wars: Episode 7 is taking place in the desert in Abu Dhabi.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National