Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Bawadi to be the biggest retail zone in the world

The Dh.100billion tourism and entertainment destination at Dubailand, ‘Bawadi’, will host the world’s largest shopping destination covering 40million sq.mts of land area.

This is the outcome of a directive from the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, due to its expected contribution to Dubai’s Strategic Plan 2015.

The shopping area will comprise of street shopping, boutique malls and shopping malls in an underground shopping area all connected to Bawadi’s various elements, so as to become the longest shopping avenue in the world.

Bawadi, the world’s biggest area by development size, launched during May 2006, comprises of hotel that is 10km long, convention centers, shopping strip and entertainment.

The Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Mohammed Al Gergawi, mentioned that apart from offering the largest shopping area in the world, it will link to 31 hotels ranging from three star to five star, representing a strong platform for tourism development in the emirate, which will re-inforce the status of Dubai as one of the premier family destinations in the world.

Bawadi, is being constructed by Tatweer, a subsidiary of Dubai Holding. Bawadi will add 31 hotels with 29000 rooms with its centerpiece development Asia, offering 6500 rooms, entertainment, shopping malls and convention facilities.

Tatweer Executive Chairman, Saeed Al Muntafiq has confirmed that the initial road works is almost nearing completion, and the infrastructure work is on schedule.

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