23 May 2013
Plans for an $824-million Qatari mega mall being built next to the future FIFA 2022 World Cup stadium were revealed today.
The World Cup-themed Mall of Qatar project is expected to welcome 20 million customers annually with its own integrated metro station and high-speed rail links to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, according to Qatari newspaper Gulf Times.
The mall will feature a three-storey hypermarket running the length of three football pitches along its central spine and a fourth-storey domed roof amphitheatre holding international restaurants and multiplex cinemas.
Villagio Mall, Doha. (Credit: Darwinek)
Shem Krey, deputy managing director of the Mall of Qatar, said: "We are launching the Mall of Qatar at a time when there is clearly enormous untapped demand for quality integrated shopping, dining and entertainment facilities in the country."
Developers UrbaCon Trading & Contracting promised it will become "The Place To Be" for shopping and leisure in the region and construction is on schedule for it to open Sept 2015.