New Eco Friendly Mall – My City Centre Masdar Opens In Abu Dhabi

The UAE is doing their bit to fight against climate change. Travelers on Etihad’s first plastic-free, ultra-long-haul flight would be taking travelers without a wasteful, single-use product in sight. Jocelyn McBride, founder of the UAE Beekeepers Association, who drives her Bee Bus around the UAE, is helping to spread a message of sustainability. Few days back, it was declared that a massive coral reef garden almost the size of 60 football stadiums is to be developed in Fujairah, in a bid to drive eco-tourism and protect vital marine life.

Now, with the opening of a new Dh300 million, 18,500-square-metre mall might not sound like the substance of eco-friendly dreams; however, the team behind My City Centre Masdar certainly has the nation’s long-term sustainability goals in mind.

The Majid Al Futtaim mall, the company’s 25th, inaugurated on Wednesday, 24the April. It’s located in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s sustainable urban community, and presents over 70 shops, which include a 7,000-square-metre Carrefour, the French brand’s 100th store in the UAE.

Inside the hypermarket, one would find decor featuring sustainably sourced wood, as well as a wide collection of locally grown produce on display. It’ll be the first store in the nation that won’t offer shoppers a single-use of plastic bag at the check-out counter, plus there’s a “Recycle and get rewarded” machine, which permits shoppers to deposit their plastics and get a voucher to spend in Carrefour in exchange.

The 600 car-parking bays of the mall are shaded by roofing with photovoltaic cells, which means it can generate electricity that’s equivalent to one-fifth of the mall’s annual energy use. 6% of the parking spaces have also been set aside for electric, hybrid or car share vehicles, and half of these come with charging points.

The new mall is close to the suggested Masdar City Metro Station and within 300 meters of the nearby planned bus and light rail stops. So plans for encompassing transport system is down the line.