Some 1,000 luxury residential units, branch campus of an international school and a theme park are part of the the expansion plans the Mall of Qatar has already embarked on.
“We are planning to construct some very luxury five star like residential facilities, a branch of the Sherborne School as well as a theme park. We have planned the expansion in three phases,” Khaled Sam Hosn, CEO, Mall of Qatar, told Gulf Times on the sidelines of an event, announcing Shop Qatar 2020.
Hosn said the construction of the expansion projects has already started with the ground breaking ceremony.
“We have already begun the expansion projects. We will have 1,000 residential units, starting from studio-type to four-bedroom apartments. They are constructed with very luxurious, five star type design and facilities. We are also adding a Sherborne school that can have 1,400 students. It is going to be one-of-a-kind place and the mall will turn out to be a mixed user environment once the projects are completed,” explained the CEO.
According to the official, the school will be the first one to be opened. “As we have planned the entire project in three phases, the school will be completed sometime in late 2021 as part of phase one. Immediately after that, we will be opening the residential units as the second phase of the expansion. The plan is to complete the first two phases well before the FIFA World Cup 2022” he said.
Hosn said there are many plans in the third phase of expansion which also includes the development of a theme park.
The CEO also highlighted that the biggest thing to happen to the mall in the recent times is the opening of the Doha Metro line to the mall. “The Doha Metro has been a great boon to the Mall of Qatar and there has been great increase in the number of people visiting the mall. People from far away places can now reach the mall very quickly and there has been a great increase in the number of footfalls to the mall within a month’s time. Now people can exit the metro and step into the doors of the mall,” Hosn pointed out.
He also stated that most leading international brands are operating their outlets at the mall. “We have all the leading international brands, from entertainment to fashion to jewellery to food and beverages. Our goal is to make the mall an entertainment hub of the country, adding several features and giving world-class entertainment to the visitors. We will be adding more entertainment facilities in the mall,” Hosn said.
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