Gulf Related has signed a AED 2.3 Billion agreement with Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) to provide senior debt project financing for the construction of Al Maryah Central mixed-use retail development, scheduled to open in March 2018.

The financing agreement is the largest of its kind in the region for Gulf Related and its owners, Gulf Capital and Related Companies, further highlighting the strong reception and institutional support for Al Maryah Central development.

The 2.3 million square foot regional mall will feature the first Macy’s outside of the United States, the first Bloomingdale’s in Abu Dhabi and 20 specialist Al Tayer stores as part of the 400 store strong retail offering. In addition, Al Maryah Central will include 145 restaurants and cafés, a 20-screen cinema complex, a medical center, a crèche, a health-club, a public library, a food market as well as three rooftop parks atop the mall. Subsequent phases of the development will include residential units and a hotel in two high-rise towers.

Financing by ADCB will fund a portion of the development cost of the mixed-use retail development and is an important milestone in the strong progress of the project. The project broke ground in November of 2014, commenced vertical construction earlier this month and is scheduled to open in March 2018.

Dr. Karim El Solh, CEO of Gulf Capital and Co-Managing Partner of Gulf Related said, “We are very pleased to have secured the financial backing of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank for Al Maryah Central, one of the most anticipated developments in the region. This financing continues a long standing partnership with ADCB and we are proud to be collaborating with them on this exciting project. Securing the full financing marks another key milestone in the construction of the project and further underscores our ability to deliver this high quality development on schedule.”

Ala’a Eraiqat, Group CEO and Board Member of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank said, “ADCB is proud to be collaborating with Gulf Related on Al Maryah Central and to be the sole lead bank for the financing for this marquee project. Al Maryah Central, located at the heart of Al Maryah Island and with its unique anchor department stores and international brands, will transform the urban retail landscape in Abu Dhabi. Our project finance team recognized the appeal and unique positioning of this project and were able to put together the most competitive and sophisticated financing package. This major financing is in line with ADCB’s strategy to support and contribute to the long term growth of the economy in Abu Dhabi.”