Dubai-based BurJuman shopping centre has begun a new redevelopment and expansion plan as part of which a new Carrefour hypermarket and a 14-screen Vox Cinemas multiplex will be added to the mall.
Work on the project began on January 1 2013, and the renovation is taking place in one part of the mall, which will be temporarily closed for 18 months, BurJuman said in a statement. No financial details were disclosed.
Along with the new hypermarket and cinema complex, the planned renovation also includes the doubling in size of the current food court and the creation of a link which will connect the new food court to the Pavilion Gardens in the mall’s south wing.
One of the mall’s main exterior entrances will also be completely redesigned and an al fresco dining area will be added at the ground level.
The renovated section of the mall will offer both large format and boutique-style stores from new and existing tenants, said the statement.
Once completed, BurJuman’s total retail area will increase to one million square ft from the current 800,000 square ft.
“The latest redevelopment and expansion phase is expected to further enhance our appeal by offering shoppers greater convenience and access to a full-fledged grocery offering, extended family entertainment options, new F&B outlets and the addition of several new fashion and other brands to our retail portfolio, some of which will be making their first appearance in the region,” said Eisa Adam Ibrahim, GM of BurJuman.
“The much awaited redevelopment took some time to finalise as the mall was researching and exploring different options to make the product offering wider and stronger for our customers.”
The project has also received “great support” from BurJuman’s tenants, Ibrahim said.
“We will certainly be delivering a better product to our partners and we believe that the enhanced offering will provide a stronger business platform to all our retailers,” he added.
Cadiz International Architects are the lead architects and Hyder Consulting are the engineers managing the design and supervision of the project.