Following an update to the Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi directive on shopping malls and commercial centres and a subsequent inspection, Aldar Properties has reopened Yas Mall and Al Jimi Mall.
Other malls within its retail portfolio, World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (WTC), Shams Boutik at Al Reem Island, and Remal Mall in Al Ain will follow once inspections are completed. Enhanced safety measures have been put in place to ensure the highest levels of protection and hygiene for all staff and visitors as the malls resume operations.
The new directive will allow retail stores to open in addition to the pharmacies, grocery stores and supermarkets which have been trading throughout.
Beauty and grooming salons will open for hair and nail appointments only with appropriate social distancing measures in place. Entertainment venues will remain closed, while food and beverage outlets can accommodate diners in groups of up to two persons per table and run the outlets at maximum 30% capacity.
Take-away and home delivery service will still be available at these outlets and will be supported with online delivery options following a new agreement that Aldar has signed with Zomato.
As an innovative measure to support Yas Mall tenants, the mall has launched a ‘We Shop For You’ service for Abu Dhabi residents, now offering a virtual, cashless and convenient way of shopping through the Akyasi service complete with free-of-charge home delivery. This innovative solution offers a virtual shopping experience for the entire Yas Mall retail offer.
The enhanced safety measures that were implemented across the retail portfolio include the installation of thermal cameras, temperature monitoring and on-site paramedics and nurses throughout mall trading hours.
All mall staff underwent testing for COVID-19 before returning to work and will have regular temperature tests when on site. Parking is restricted to every other parking bay and guests and staff alike will be required to wear mask and gloves.