City Centre Al Zahia is a new shopping and leisure complex being developed by Majid Al Futtaim in Sharjah, UAE. It is located close to Al Zahia, a 1.3 million-square-metre gated community developed by Sharjah Holding and Majid Al Futtaim Holding.

The shopping mall is being developed with an estimated investment of AED2.6bn ($708m) and will have a gross leasable area of 136,200m². The ground-breaking ceremony of the project was held in May 2017 while it is expected to open in 2020.

The project is part of Majid Al Futtaim’s plans to invest AED78bn ($8.2bn) in the UAE by 2026. It will be a significant addition to the City Centre brand portfolio of Majid Al Futtaim.

City Centre Al Zahia mall location

The City Centre Al Zahia shopping mall will be located at the junction of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and the University City Road in Sharjah. It is easily accessible from most zones in Sharjah, as well as from Ajman and other cities in the Northern Emirates.

The mall will be a shopping destination for the individuals residing in the Al Zahia gated community, Sharjah, and the Northern Emirates.

City Centre Al Zahia shopping mall design details

The City Centre Al Zahia mall design will be similar to a lantern while its architecture is inspired by the Sharjah Light Festival.

The entrance of the mall will feature a canopy roof designed in the shape of a wave in contrast to traditional designs. The canopy roof will be made using approximately 1,200t of steel and consist of box sections. It will be supported by columns that are similar to the branches of a tree.

City Centre Al Zahia mall details

City Centre Al Zahia will feature a mix of established and new brands, including a 15,100m² Carrefour Hypermarket. It will also include 360 retail brands across two levels. Leisure facilities will include VOX Cinemas, with 16 screens equipped with the latest theatre technology, and a 2,350m² family entertainment destination named Magic Planet.

The ground floor of the mall will feature multiple cafes and fast food brands. The external food and beverage section near the mall entrance will provide covered alfresco seating, in addition to a number of dining options.

The second floor of the mall will also feature a broad variety of food court and family dining options and furnished terraces overlooking beautiful landscaping.

An open-air plaza near the main entrance of the first floor will offer great views of the landscape. The place is ideal for casual and fine dining, as well as events and art installations.

Sustainability features

The City Centre Al Zahia shopping mall design incorporates both passive and active measures to improve energy efficiency and outdoor/indoor comfort levels.

It will feature optimised natural daylight in the concourse areas, a water conservation and recycling system, and an efficient energy utilisation system.

Contractors involved

Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) is the main contractor of the City Centre Al Zahia mall. CCC sub-contracted TMS Formwork and Scaffolding Systems to carry out structural design work for the project.

Khatib & Alami is acting as the main consultant for the project and is providing programme management services while HSSG is responsible for piling and shoring works.

A&P Paraskevaides and Partners, a subsidiary of A&P Group of Companies, was awarded the sub-contract for the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) works.

Galadari Engineering Works designed and manufactured the entrance canopy, as well as sub-contracted Tekla for providing building information modelling (BIM) services.

Aeromaritime Security Systems Middle East is supplying its TETRA/LTE indoor building solution for the project, which includes approximately 500 antennae, 20,000m of coaxial cables, and a TETRA base station.

Orcival pump was awarded the contract to supply hydronic components to the City Centre Al Zahia mall in March 2019.