The Galleria Al Maryah Island welcomed 400,000 people in the first four days of opening and it has led to retailers requesting additional space to expand, while others have enquired about being part of the new development.

Daniel Parry, managing director of Gulf Related, said: “We promised the capital that we would create a destination for the entire family to enjoy, and that is what we have delivered. We are looking forward to seeing our customer base grow even further as we welcome more guests. As more stores open in the coming weeks, our offering from now until the end of the year will only get bigger and better, so this is just the start of more exciting things to come.”

The Galleria’s expansion introduces first-to-Abu Dhabi stores such as Missguided, Bouchon Bakery and Blaze Pizza as well as entertainment for all ages including a flagship 21-screen VOX cinema with IMAX.

More exciting entertainment options, like a flagship Xtreme Zone, and stores including sporting giant Decathlon, Jumbo, The Toy Store and Centrepoint, will also open in the coming weeks.

The expansion introduces 250 new brands, including 70 new casual dining options, three levels of entertainment, urban rooftop parks and an exciting line-up of community and seasonal events.