x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

New luxury stores open in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

A round up of new designer boutiques in the UAE's two biggest cities.

The Roger Vivier store at Level Shoe District. Paul Macleod
The Roger Vivier store at Level Shoe District. Paul Macleod

Dubai Mall's major new addition, Level Shoe District, the huge, innovative concept store dedicated solely to men's and women's contemporary and designer footwear, is now open on the mall's ground floor.

Inside 40 boutiques and four extensive departments - across 96,000 sq ft - are collections by 250 designers, with big-name label concessions including Berluti, Tod's, Prada and Miu Miu. In addition to the world's first Christian Louboutin Homme concession, the store is also home to the first Rodarte, Roger Vivier, Jil Sander and Walter Steiger footwear stores in the UAE. Other shops and services include a VIP lounge, a bespoke men's footwear boutique and repair shop called The Cobbler, and Sole Lounge by Margaret Dabbs, a foot therapy spa staffed by professional podiatrists and nail technicians. It also boasts the country's first Vogue Cafe.

Also, in Abu Dhabi, Etihad Towers's retail area The Avenue had its official opening this month, and welcomed stores by IWC, Breguet, Tom Ford, De Grisogono, Kiton, Porsche Design and Vertu, while at Marina Mall this month, Chopard, Salvatore Ferragamo and Gucci all opened boutiques as part of the mall's expansion into the luxury market.