Posted on February 29, 2016

An innovative and inspiring architecture, easy accessibility, fascinating new live entertainment concepts and signature restaurants will all capture the imagination of the nation when the Mall of Qatar opens its doors in the third quarter of 2016. Looks like it already has started creating ripples in the South Asian retail property market by winning the “Retail Leadership” Award in the real estate category at the Asia Retail Congress 2016 held recently in Mumbai, India.

The award was received on behalf of Mr. Ramez Al Khayyat, Managing Director of UrbaCon Trading & Contracting LLC (UCC) by Siva Kumar, Estimation and Proposal Director of UCC and Patrick Hage-Chahine, PR and Events Manager of Mall of Qatar. Being developed by UCC's Doha branch, this super-regional mall spread over 5.4 million square feet of area, combines incredible shopping with captivating live entertainment and leisure options.

Asia Retail Congress (ARC) is the single most important global platform to promote world-class retail practices. Attended by 300 most influential retailers in India and South Asia, it recognises best practices in the retail industry across various categories like Fashion, Consumer Durables, Mobile & Telecom services, Food, Travel & Hospitality, Health, and Real Estate etc. The Congress was aimed at company chairs, presidents and CEOs from leading international and national retailers, directors of international and national retailers, directors of international brands who believe in making change happen.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ramez Al Khayyat, said: “We are privileged to receive this esteemed recognition from Asia Retail Congress. This recognition provides a great incentive to continue our journey to provide best-in-class services and create new benchmarks in the retail industry.” Mr. Ramez Al Khayyat also went on to say: “One of our major distinguishing architectural features of the Mall of Qatar is the 30 meter high 6,000 sq.mglasseddome roof that illuminates a captivating central arena called “The Oasis”, which will become the heart of the project. The Oasis will host live entertainment shows performed daily on a revolving circular stage, set in a pond surrounded by interactive dancing fountains.”

Expected to receive a footfall of 20 million customers annually, the Mall of Qatar includes 7,000 underground and surface car parking spaces, 500 shops including over 100 F&B restaurants and 19 screen Cineplex including a superior 3D IMAX screen, and a 5-star 200 bedroom luxury and fashion hotel operated by Curio,a Collection by Hilton.