UAE-based LuLu Group has opened a new INR16bn ($293m) shopping mall in India, designed by the UK-based engineering consultancy Atkins.
Located at Edapally in Kochi of Kerala state, LuLu Mall is claimed to be the largest shopping mall in India.
Built on an area of 2.5 million ft², the mall is spread over three levels featuring 300 outlets including food courts, restaurants, coffee shops, 22,000ft² of family entertainment zones, a nine-screen multiplex and a 5,000ft² ice rink.
The nine-screen multiplex will have seating capacity for 2,250 people and is scheduled to open by early April 2013.
The top floor of the mall will feature a food court with a capacity of over 3,000 seats and 27 cuisines.
LuLu Mall features money exchange centres, bank counters, and facilities for the handicapped people.
There will also be a 300-room hotel on site, which will be managed by JW Marriott Hotels.
With parking space for over 3,000 vehicles, the new mall is expected to attract 50,000 visitors per day.
Out of the total 200 shops in the mall, majority of shops have already started operations, said the group.
LuLu managing director M A Yusufali was quoted by the new Indian Express as saying that the remaining shops will be operational soon.
"Our aim is to convert the mall into a tourist destination," Yusufali said.
Apart from India, LuLu currently has shopping malls in nine Middle East countries.