The history of the Al Ghurair mall has been one of constant innovation. Built by the Al Ghurair family on an empty plot of land in the city of Dubai, it was the first modern shopping mall project of its kind in the Middle East. Within a few years, the Al Ghurair City was not only setting new standards for retail in the region, it was breaking all records. Throughout its 20-year history, Al Ghurair City has acted as a pioneer in the regional retail business. Combining the culture and tradition of the city of Dubai with a modern shopping experience, it has played an integral role in providing for the shopping needs of the local population as well as for the thousands of visitors to Dubai who flock through its doors every year. Launched in 1981, Al Ghurair was the first shopping mall in the Middle East and now one of the top five destinations visited by tourists in Dubai. The amount of effort put into the production of the new look of Al Ghurair City is unmatched: a total of 234 gold coloured meshes weighing 345 kgs were used on the ceiling and the complementary floor design is based on 22 tonnes of Terrazzo which was hand made and shipped from Italy and took 1,200 man hours to manually lay. It separates itself with many distinct features and services including the largest bookstore in the Middle East and a car park which bays extra wide aisles at 6.7 metres and the widest ramps in the region at 4.3 metres. Al Ghurair City developed in line with the city’s strategy to rejuvenate the central business district, Al Ghurair City reflects a dramatic departure from the conventional format of shopping malls. The trademark new look of Al Ghurair City combines the best of Arabic culture and tradition with a vibrant and modern design that has been incorporated into the retail mall, the external streetscape, across the offices and residential area of the complex. Complementing its new look, AGC has also revealed a range of new facilities, including a new indoor multi-storey car park, all of which are designed to meet the needs of the modern shopper. The transformation of Al Ghurair City balances Arabic motifs featuring teak and gold finishing together with a blend of bright colours and warm lighting. Wooden teak beams and gold mesh fabric twirls on the ceiling give the feel of a traditional market. In total 234 gold meshes weighing 345 kgs were used on the ceiling. The complementary floor design is based on 22 tonnes of Terrazzo featuring a nature theme in an array of colours and motifs. All retail outlets in Al Ghurair City feature wall-to-wall glass facades for maximum visibility of their merchandise for consumers and the newly refurbished Food Court is designed to integrate the theme of UAE’s rich marine heritage featuring turtles, shells and foliage from the seabed. With its new multi-storey covered car park facility with extra width bays for easy parking, combined with the existing outdoor parking facilities, Al-Ghurair City now provides space for 2,000 cars. A newly constructed sky bridge provides quick easy access to shoppers from the car park directly into the Mall. Bringing a unique inside-outside shopping experience, over 3000 sq metres of pedestrianised pavement have been created on Riqqa Road and this streetscape is currently being continued on all 4 sides of the complex.