Concept plans for the $1bn Reem Mall in Abu Dhabi have been given the green light by local planners.
The planned entertainment, dining and shopping destination has taken a significant step forward after Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) granted its approval for the initial design.
Architect firms RTKL and Dewan are on board with the project which also involves retail specialists MSquared.
The Concept Planning Report (CPR) agreement paves the way for the Enabling Works Permit, also issued by the UPC, which will allow for construction to commence this year.
The news comes just after a masterplan for the island was approved.
Reem Mall is developed by the National Real Estate Company (NREC) in partnership with United Projects for Aviation Services Company (UPAC) and will consist of around 450 stores including 85 food and beverage outlets.
Shane Eldstrom, vice president for development, NREC, said: “The UPC approval represents a major milestone in the development of Reem Mall, allowing the project to move closer to the construction phase. Subject to all required permits, we look forward to breaking ground on site this year.”