The Galleria on Al Maryah Island Opens

29 September 2013

Benoy, the international firm of Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers is delighted to announce the opening of The Galleria on Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi.

Benoy, in partnership with Elkus Manfredi, was appointed Architect for The Galleria, a 130 unit 33,000m² GLA super-luxury retail and dining destination, sitting on the spectacular waterfront with stunning views across the new promenade. The Galleria will offer a contemporary and relaxed consumer experience, set in the grounds of the opulent Sowwah Square scheme.

Inspiration for design emanated from the exclusive and unique brands that will occupy the centre, enabling Benoy to deliver a sophisticated prime retail location. The Galleria boasts one of the highest concentrations of luxury brands in MENA, including Burberry, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Prada. The Great Room houses an impressive collection of labels, which are displayed in impressive double height shop fronts, enclosed by a glass skylight.

The project is the vision of Gulf Related and Mubadala Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI), who have developed this landmark 13ha mixed–use scheme on Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island. The site incorporates the city’s new Exchange building, hotels, shopping and leisure facilities. Due to open in 2017, stage two, Sowwah Central, will also feature adjoining luxury and residential towers and will be one of the largest urban retail and leisure destinations in the region.

The Galleria is one of a number of ground-breaking schemes that Benoy has designed in the UAE, with a portfolio including the iconic Ferrari World Abu Dhabi as well as The Avenue and The Beach, which are both due to open shortly.

Benoy Managing Director, Nick Lamb commented, ‘It is a testament to Benoy’s reputation and our position within the global market that we were chosen to configure a project of this magnitude. With The Galleria we have designed a space that reflects the elegance of the occupants and captures the dynamism of the local area, which will appeal to city, regional and international visitors alike.’

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