Article on the Manar Mall Expansion Project, the original mall and the expansion proposal both designed by Cadiz International. Originally published in Cityscape Dubai Magazine: Day 4, Oct 6-9, 2008. View the full article after the break.
"CADIZ INTERNATIONAL DESIGNS NEW RAK TOWN SQUARE"
DUBAI – Plans to expand the existing Manar Mall site in Ras Al Khaimah and double its size have been revealed. The new-look mall will incorporate a waterfront promenade with up to 20 concept restaurants and dining outlets overlooking the local mangroves. A four-star family hotel, serviced apartments and two condominium towers will create a mixed-use destination.
The plans also include a watersports venue and water taxi service. The island fronting the mall is also pegged for development, creating a new ‘Mangrove City’. Mohammed Sultan Al Qadi, managing director and chairman of Manar Mall, said: “It is high time to renovate, improve and expand the Manar Mall Development to align with the government’s policy of enhancing the lifestyle of Ras Al Khaimah by providing a place that is all things for all people.”
The design, created by Cadiz International is focused around the concept of a town square. According to Cadiz CEO Medardo Cadiz: “Lifestyle is more than shopping, it’s about enjoying yourself with your friends and families in a special place.
“With all the improvements specially the new public waterfront promenade, people will come not just to shop but to stay and enjoy the picturesque environment.This is like a big piazza, a town square for everybody.”
Once completed the new centre will be rnamed as Manar City – A City within a City. The 22-storey Manar Residence, which will cover an area of 55,000 square metres, will have a tropical-influenced design that will highlight the nearby mangrove plantations, while vertical landscaping will be used to complement the natural environment.