Yas Mall to attract 25 million visitors to Abu Dhabi

The Yas Mall under construction on Yas island in Abu Dhabi. It will have 235,000 square metres of gross leasable area and be the second largest mall in the UAE.

Dubai: The final piece in Abu Dhabi’s grand strategy to turn itself into a year-round destination is all set to fall into place. And it is not just a random piece, given that it will take the form of a substantial 235,000 square metres of gross leasable area and the second largest mall in the UAE (and 35th in the world).
Yes, that is just what the Yas Mall — now confirmed with a March 26, 2014 opening date — will do for Abu Dhabi. It is expected to be a magnet for “north of” 25 million visitors in the first year and then put in more numbers thereafter.
“Anyone within an 8-10 hour flying time to Abu Dhabi is a potential future visitor,” said Talal Al Dhiyebi, director of planning and infrastructure at Aldar Properties and the mall’s developer. “With all of the components at Yas Island — and that includes the race track, Ferrari World, waterparks, hotels, golf course, the beach that opened recently plus the Mall — our focus is not on a visitor of a few hours.
“Instead, they should be spending 3-4 days on the Island with enough avenues available to each member of the family. That would make Yas the leisure and entertainment destination of the region.

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