Over the last six years The Galleria Mall has held the title of Abu Dhabi’s upscale lifestyle and shopping epicenter. Now the address has gotten super sized with a brand new ‘extension’ even bigger than the original mall and as all things UAE it’s off the charts.
Al Marya Island is Abu Dhabi’s rapidly expanding financial district. Home to luxury hotels like Rosewood and Four Seasons, some of the city’s top tier restaurants and even the Middle East’s five star hospital Cleveland Clinic, this is as well heeled as it gets in the capital.
The original mall is home to the more high end shopping while the ongoing expansion will eventually include 270 more shops. That will include 70 new restaurants, 4 rooftop urban parks, and an IMAX cinema. A Waitrose grocery, a proper mega bookstore for Abu Dhabi: Kinokuniya and a Decathlon are some of the newest attractions.
The Galleria is a lifestyle venue and a such it is a place to eat as much as it is an obvious place to shop. Restaurants present an eclectic gathering of international culinary traditions. Cafe’s stand out at the most abundant source of food. Cafe Nero, Armani Cafe and the centerpiece Godiva cafe offer not only succulent drinks, but relishable bites as well. Burgerfuel, Lemongrass, Blaze Pizza and Raising Cane’s and Aqua present some other variety as well.
This is the central role and function of the facility and it certainly is appealing. While the stores sell the top brands in clothing, watches, health, beauty, electronics and jewelry, prices are quite competitive on the world stage as well as compared to the Emirates in general. Places like La Martina, Aspinal and Berluti don’t have too many global locations, but one can find them as easily here as in their respective hometowns.
Since the Galleria is at the center of a major real estate boom, it makes sense that social activities expand beyond the day to day events of shopping and eating. Festivals, expos and current events activities define this livable space. Weekends, holiday promotions, Chinese New Year, Restaurant month and more bring all the facilities to life in different ways.
A spacious underground car park allows for access to every level of shops and hours vary but in general run from 10am till midnight for most shops and restaurants.