Shopping Malls go green for the ‘Union Tree’
Majid Al Futtaim Properties’ shopping malls the first in the UAE to plant the ‘Union Tree’ on its grounds for 41st UAE National Day in co-operation with theMinistry of Environment & Water
Dubai, UAE, 27 November 2012 – In the spirit of unionism and a symbol of hope representing the mall’s commitment to ‘green’ initiatives, Ajman City Centre, Fujairah City Centre, Deira City Centre, Mirdif City Centre and Mall of the Emirates today became the first shopping malls in the UAE to plant the ‘Union Tree’ on its grounds in celebration of 41st UAE National Day. An official ceremony was held earlier today at Mall of the Emirates, commemorating the planting of the ‘Union Tree’ which reaffirmed Majid Al Futtaim Properties’ support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on the occasion of the 41st UAE National Day.
“Majid Al Futtaim Properties is honoured to support the Union Tree initiative introduced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and we take pride in being the first shopping malls across the nation to permanently adopt these trees to our grounds,” said Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Senior Director – Asset Management, Shopping Malls for Majid Al Futtaim Properties. “The Union Trees will be reminder of the importance of going ‘green’, and act as a permanent symbol of pride on every occasion of UAE National Day, and throughout the year for our visitors.”
“Majid Al Futtaim Properties’ initiative to plant the Union Tree to the grounds of some of their most dynamic and iconic shopping malls spreads a clear message about their commitment to promoting patriotism and unionism amongst the community,” said Sultan Abdullah Bin Alwan, Assistant Undersecretary External Audit, Ministry of Environment and Water.
Furthermore, Adel Al Hashimi, Director – Dubai Office – Ministry of Environment and Water added, “We are pleased that have taken a leadership position in being the first malls to participate in the Union Tree initiative for the occasion of 41st UAE National Day.”
In celebration of 41st UAE National Day, Majid Al Futtaim Properties’ shopping malls across the UAE are hosting a variety of events and activities, spreading messages of unity and national pride to visitors.
About Majid Al Futtaim Properties
Majid Al Futtaim Properties is the leader in the ownership, development and management of shopping malls and complimentary mixed use projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Majid Al Futtaim Properties has changed the face of shopping, leisure and entertainment across the region with eleven world-class malls operating in the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Egypt and two currently under development in Cairo, Egypt and Beirut, Lebanon. In April 2012, Majid Al Futtaim Properties opened its sixth strategic mall in the UAE with Fujairah City Centre. The Company’s shopping malls continue to witness a steady increase in footfall with more than 140 million visitors in 2011. Majid Al Futtaim Properties has earned numerous accolades and awards from international organisations that have recognised its leadership and the quality of its properties.
Majid Al Futtaim Properties has four flagship shopping malls; three in Dubai and one in Bahrain. In Dubai, Deira City Centre boasts over 370 stores, leisure and entertainment facilities and over 50 restaurants and cafes; Mall of the Emirates houses over 520 international retail brands, including 80 luxury stores and the world-renowned Ski Dubai; and Mirdif City Centre offers visitors a mix of retail, leisure and entertainment options including 430 stores and iFLY Dubai, an indoor skydiving centre. Bahrain City Centre is the largest shopping, leisure and entertainment complex in Bahrain with 340 international brands including 60 dining options, and features Wahooo!, the region’s first region’s first indoor- outdoor waterpark.
Majid Al Futtaim Properties also owns nine hotels in the UAE and two in Bahrain, all of which are linked to the company's shopping malls. The hotels’ strategic proximity to the company’s shopping malls promotes direct access to a wider international demographic and attracts more than 1.2 million guests annually.
The Company is currently developing three master-planned communities. The Wave, Muscat, a joint venture with the Government of Oman; will combine more than 4,000 beautiful properties, Almouj Golf, Almouj Marina, four premier hotels and new retail, leisure and dining opportunities at a seafront address in the new heart of Muscat. The 250,000 sq.m Waterfront City development in Beirut, Lebanon, a joint venture with Société Joseph Khoury & Fils Holding SAL, will feature over 1500 residential homes, an office district, shopping mall, 2 international hotels, as well as multiple parks and a marina front promenade. Finally, Al Zahia, developed by Sharjah Holding, a joint venture between the Government of Sharjah and Majid Al Futtaim Properties, will be a fully integrated community featuring a range of villas, apartments and commercial units.