Gulf Related, a partnership between the Abu Dhabi-based Gulf Capital and the US-based retail developer Related Companies, has unveiled plans for a new $1bn mixed-use development on Al Maryah Island.
Designed by the architect Elkus Manfredi, the mixed use development, known as Sowwah Central, will feature a 214,000m² shopping centre, along with a hotel and residential towers.
Sowwah Central will link to 1.5 million m² of development on Al Maryah Island, including the 51,000m² shopping and dining project,The Galleria at Sowwah Square, which is being developed by Gulf Related.
Gulf Capital CEO and co-managing partner of Gulf Related Karim El Solh said, "The Galleria provided us with an ideal stepping stone into the Abu Dhabi retail market and Sowwah Central will help expand and diversify our offerings to cater for all visitors."
Sowwah Central will feature two, 20,000m² department stores over four levels, a cinema complex, a health club, restaurants and an open air rooftop food hall.
The development will also feature two 37,000m² towers, one featuring a hotel and serviced apartments and the other luxury residences.
Gulf Related co-managing partner and president and CEO of Related Urban Kenneth Himmel said, "Sowwah Central will create a new paradigm in Abu Dhabi through the creation of the region’s premier one-stop destination for retail, leisure and dining."
Traub, formerly Marvin Traub Associates, will be responsible for the retail merchandising strategy and leasing for Sowwah Central, which is expected to open in spring 2017.
In November 2012, Gulf Related acquired the 50,000m² Sowwah Central site from Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI).
Sowwah Central and The Galleria will be part of the first phase of a 1.5 million m² master plan being developed by MREI and will also feature four commercial towers, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, Rosewood Hotel and Four Seasons Hotel, the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, and 15,000 parking spaces.
Image: After completion, Sowwah Central will feature two 20,000m² department stores over four levels. Photo: Gulf Capital.