Dubai-based Majid Al Futtaim (MAF), a leading shopping mall, retail, and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, has officially introduced its first shopping mall in Abu Dhabi and the company’s largest community mall in the UAE, My City Center Masdar.

The USD-93- mn project will feature more than 77 stores across 18,800 square meter of gross leasable area (GLA), including a 5,793-square-meter Carrefour Hypermarket and a variety of dining options.

The project’s main contractor Amana Steel Contracting has already started construction work. The retail and leisure destination is set to open in the second quarter of 2019.

My City Center Masdar is located close to Abu Dhabi International Airport and accessible via public transport including local buses, group rapid transport and, when complete, the city’s proposed light rail and metro systems.

Ghaith Shocair, the chief executive of Shopping Malls at MAF, said that the project is designed to be among the UAE’s most sustainable malls.

“The mall will set a new standard for resource conservation while delivering superior levels of customer accessibility, variety, and convenience for residents and professionals of the growing Masdar City and surrounding communities,” he added.

Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, has provided expert guidance to MAF throughout the design process to ensure the deployment of resource- and energy-efficient processes from the construction phase to the finished mall.

My City Center Masdar will reduce potable water and energy consumption at the mall by 40% through generating 20% of its required electricity from solar panels on the roof and the usage of energy-efficient LED lighting and low-flow bathroom taps.

An innovative waste management strategy will be adopted to collect and segregate food waste, and to divert a minimum of 70% of the total solid waste generated away from landfill.

The mall will have 18 charging points for green vehicle owners, as well as a bicycle parking area to promote healthier and more sustainable lifestyles.