$100 million new shopping and leisure centre unveiled

A NEW shopping and leisure centre in Janabiyah, built at an investment of $100 million, expects its unique design will give it an edge in the highly competitive Bahrain retail market when it opens in the final quarter next year.

Unveiling District 2, built on nearly 32,000sqm of land adjacent to the existing District 1 mall, Plan Properties revealed that the two combined add up to a total investment value of $100m.

It also builds on the success of District 1 where 166 retail units are fully leased.

Owner representative Khalid Nooruddin told the launch event at the D.Haus showroom in District 1 that the extension aims at refining and enriching the overall commercial mix of the mall.

Located off the Shaikh Isa Bin Salman highway connecting to the King Fahad Causeway which is used by 11m travellers yearly, District 2 is not a conventional strip mall, he asserted, adding that the developers’ vision is to create a destination that becomes an iconic symbol of Bahrain catering to a diverse mix of customers.

The architect of the project is Al Jazeera Engineering, whose owner Mohammed Malalla was on hand to explain that its design is influenced by many concepts including iconic architect Zaha Hadid.

“The inimitable architectural design of the units is created to attract attention of all incoming individuals and is a key feature of the development,” he added.

Also present was owner representative Abdulla Nooruddin who said Plan Properties has taken an environmentally-sustainable approach in conducting extensive studies to incorporate solar power as part of the structural design of the overall project.

Offering more than 25,000sqm of leasable area, District 2 comprises: 16 stand-alone restaurants known as District Eat; 12 geometrically unique drive-thru units under District Drive and eight retail showrooms labelled District Show in addition to other commercial units, accompanied by a petrol station.

“District Eat aims to provide an unrivalled dine-in experience at its 16 structurally integrated designed restaurants with each unit spread over four areas: ground, mezzanine, roof-top terrace, and an outdoor garden,” said project manager Ahmed Nooruddin.

“It has 165 underground parking spaces and a central walkway that shall be used for hosting events such as fashion shows, musical event, galleries and many social activities. Through District Eat, Plan Properties aims to bring in new international dine-in restaurants to establish their first footing in Bahrain.”

District Drive embodies 12 restaurants of four unique geometrical designs and has been drafted to ensure a smooth flow of traffic while simultaneously, the overall architecture remains visually exposed to motorists using the Shaikh Isa Bin Salman highway, the manager explained.

Incorporating the latest technologies like four large digital LED screens facing the highway to provide “excellent” branding opportunities for tenants, the kingdom’s largest yet drive-thru strip offers 60 parking spaces.

Finally, District Show features eight retail showrooms each having a ground and mezzanine floor, and built to support one of the largest outdoor rooftop digital screens in the kingdom, added Mr Nooruddin.

“The property is perfectly suited for commercial retailers or even corporate offices with an allocation of nearly 30 parking spaces.”

The developer said District 2 has seen keen interest from well-known retailers and international F&B giants, even as construction work has just begun.

avinash@gdnmedia.bh

 

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