A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to mark opening day. From left to right: Ali Al Abdulla, Head of Community, Neighbourhood Malls Development & Government Affairs; Hamad Al Lawati, Community Malls Senior Manager, Majid Al Futtaim; Ahmed Galal Ismail, CEO Majid Al Futtaim – Properties; Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company; Hani Weiss, CEO Majid Al Futtaim – Retail; Ghaith Shocair, CEO Shopping Malls at Majid Al Futtaim – Properties; Khaled Abu-Nasrah, CEO Project Management Business Unit – Majid Al Futtaim – Properties. Victor Besa / The National
The National: Today, the opening of a new Dh300 million, 18,500-square-metre mall may not sound like the stuff of eco-friendly dreams, but the team behind My City Centre Masdar certainly has the country’s long-term sustainability goals in mind.
Look through the photo gallery above to see inside the mall.
The Majid Al Futtaim mall, the company’s 25th, opened on Wednesday, April 24. It’s located in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s sustainable urban community, and features more than 70 shops, including a 7,000-square-metre Carrefour, the French brand’s 100th store in the UAE.
Inside the hypermarket, you’ll find decor featuring sustainably sourced wood, as well as a wide array of locally grown produce on display. It’ll be the first store in the country that won’t offer you a single-use plastic bag at the check-out counter, plus there’s a “Recycle and get Rewarded” machine, which allows shoppers to deposit their plastics and get a voucher to spend in Carrefour in return.
Abu Dhabi, April 24, 2019.Majid Al Futtaim is set to welcome visitors to My City Centre Masdar, its first ever lifestyle destination in the capital, on April 24. The opening of the mall will be the company’s 25th shopping mall operating in the region. — A mall visitor recycles his plastic water bottle. Victor Besa/The National Section: WK Reporter: Sophie Prideaux
A mall visitor recycles his plastic water bottle. Victor Besa / The National
Elsewhere, the mall’s 600 car-parking bays are shaded by roofing with photovoltaic cells, which means they can generate electricity that’s equivalent to one-fifth of the mall’s annual energy use. Six per cent of the parking spaces have also been set aside for electric, hybrid or carshare vehicles – and half of these come with charging points.