UAE-based retail conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim has officially opened ‘City Centre Al Zahia’, its newest lifestyle and retail experience in Sharjah.
With its distinctive architecture and outstanding hospitality choices, the $707 million (AED 2.6 billion) worth City Centre Al Zahia is expected to become a renowned destination within the Emirate, with art and culture as its core of unique experiences.
The mall has collaborated with the University of Sharjah and the American University of Sharjah, with students from both institutions and faculty members offering lectures and workshops on architecture, photography, filmmaking, and art. These workshops and lectures will take place in The Studio, a fresh and futuristic in-mall art center, and will cement the relationship by showcasing award-winning projects and engagements throughout the year.
The mall will also seamlessly link to Al Zahia, Majid Al Futtaim’s one-million-square-meter residential community. A short walk away from the new mall, Al Zahia has been envisioned as Sharjah’s premier lifestyle destination and is part of the strategic alliance between Majid Al Futtaim Properties and Sharjah Asset Management.
“The only new super-regional mall to be launched in the Middle East and North Africa in the wake of COVID-19, City Centre Al Zahia is a testament to the resolve, commitment, and optimistic spirit of Sharjah and the wider Northern Emirates. An immersive destination designed to bring people together, the mall is an achievement of hope and innovation in the face of adversity.”
Fuad Sharaf, Managing Director, UAE Shopping Malls, Majid Al Futtaim Properties said, “Sharjah is home to over 18-plus museums and hosts an inspiring range of illustrious events and gatherings including the Sharjah Biennial, the Sharjah International Book Fair, and the Sharjah Architecture Triennial.”
“With the arts being so vital to life and culture in the Emirate, it is only fitting that City Centre Al Zahia reflects this vision, becoming a focal point and pillar of the community while offering people a platform to entertain and educate themselves in equal measure,” he further added.
The mall will have professional and educational workspaces, as well as a grand plaza with access to children’s play areas and an art zone, in addition to musical, recreational, theatrical, and sporting hubs. Visitors will also be treated to a range of unique experiences, such as the lively Tom & Jerry Cheese Town.
The mall will also feature well-known brands and prominent retailers such as Steve Madden, Pandora, Centrepoint, and the regionally popular Ajmal and Damas. The destination will become an incubator for home-grown, regional, and international brands, including nine retailers such as Lululemon, Crate and Barrel, and Lego new to the Sharjah market.