December 2020

City Centre Al Zahia Set to Become Sharjah’s New Home of Community Spirit

City Centre Al Zahia Set to Become Sharjah’s New Home
  • Opening in March 2021, the super-regional shopping mall will serve as a platform for all members of the community to explore, be entertained, and socialise
  • The mall will house brands operated by leading regional companies, Landmark Group and Azadea Group
  • The mall will also connect seamlessly to Majid Al Futtaim’s one-million-square-metre residential community, Al Zahia

 Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail, and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has taken another important step towards realising its ambitious vision for City Centre Al Zahia: the newest lifestyle and retail experience to arrive in Sharjah. This follows an agreement between Majid Al Futtaim Properties and two of the region’s premier retail and hospitality organisations —Azadea Group and Landmark Group

This arrangement will see the leading regional retail companies introduce their extensive range of world-class brands and stores — including Zara, Bershka, Pull & Bear and Virgin from Azadea; as well as Centrepoint, Home Centre, Max, Emax, Steve Madden, Pablosky and Ecco from Landmark — to the soon-to-be-launched mall. As a result, City Centre Al Zahia will be set apart as a truly unique shopping destination enlivened by a diverse selection of retail, entertainment and lifestyle experiences for the whole community to enjoy.

Encompassing over 136,200 sqm of gross leasable space, 70 percent of the mall has already been leased; with a long list of internationally-recognised and home-grown brands making the eagerly awaited shopping centre their new home. Along with Landmark and Azadea Group’s portfolio of retail outlets, Carrefour, Yalla Bowling, Magic Planet and VOX Cinemas — hallmarks of the Majid Al Futtaim experience — will also add to the mall’s array of dining and entertainment options.

Shireen El Khatib, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim — Shopping Malls Business Unit, said: “At Majid Al Futtaim, we have always prided ourselves on creating great moments for everyone, every day. We aim to deliver satisfying personalised experiences that extend beyond transactional retail and enrich our communities in ways that people will cherish for years to come. We believe City Centre Al Zahia will accomplish that and more for the people of Sharjah.”

Said Daher, Chief Executive Officer at Azadea Group, commented: “We are very pleased to be partnering with Majid Al Futtaim Properties to expand our stellar range of brands in Sharjah, giving more people across the Emirate access to the variety and quality they not only demand, but deserve. City Centre Al Zahia is set to become a pillar of its surrounding communities. We look forward to playing an important role in helping to create unique and memorable experiences at the new mall for the people of Sharjah to enjoy.”

Manu Jeswani, Group Director at Landmark Group, added: “At Landmark Group, we are motivated by our proud history — which stretches all the way back to 1973 — to accomplish more and raise the bar for regional retailing. Today, we operate over 2,300 outlets across 22 countries; delivering exceptional value to customers. We aim to do precisely that for the people of Sharjah, providing the Emirate’s shoppers the variety, quality and service they expect.”

In addition to featuring social, theatre and sports hubs; the mall will boast professional and educational workspaces. Everything will be centred around a grand plaza, offering access to indoor and outdoor restaurants, kids play areas, and an art zone.

Al Zahia, Sharjah’s premier lifestyle destination, is part of the strategic partnership between Majid Al Futtaim Properties and Sharjah Asset Management. Upon completion by 2023, it will include a total of 3,700 homes; satisfying the demands of sophisticated and aspirational families eager to enjoy the best of modern residential facilities

About Majid Al Futtaim

Founded in 1992, Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

A remarkable business success story, Majid Al Futtaim started from one man’s vision to transform the face of shopping, entertainment and leisure to ‘create great moments for everyone, every day’. It has since grown into one of the United Arab Emirates’ most respected and successful businesses spanning 16 international markets, employing more than 43,000 people, and obtaining the highest credit rating (BBB) among privately-held corporates in the region.

Majid Al Futtaim owns and operates 27 shopping malls, 13 hotels and four mixed-use communities, with further developments underway in the region. The shopping malls portfolio includes Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre malls, My City Centre neighbourhood centres, and five community malls which are in joint venture with the Government of Sharjah. The Company is the exclusive franchisee for Carrefour in a number of markets across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, operating a portfolio of more than 300 outlets and an online store.

Majid Al Futtaim operates more than 500 VOX Cinemas screens and 34 Magic Planet family entertainment centres across the region, in addition to iconic leisure and entertainment facilities such as Ski Dubai, iFly Dubai, Dreamscape and Ski Egypt, among others. The Company is parent to the consumer finance company ‘Najm’, and a Fashion, Home and Specialty retail business representing international brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, AllSaints, lululemon athletica, Crate & Barrel, Maisons du Monde and LEGO. In addition, Majid Al Futtaim operates Enova, a facility and energy management company, through a joint venture operation with Veolia, a global leader in optimised environment resource management.

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