The upcoming Mall of Qatar shopping mall project, which is due to open by the end of 2016, will generate about 8,000 new jobs, it has been announced.

Mall of Qatar is due to open its doors to the public in the last quarter of this year and will offer retail space of more than 500,000 sq m.

When fully operational, the sprawling complex will boast over 500 shops including 100 F&B outlets which are currently in the fit-out stage.

Ahmad Al-Mulla, Mall of Qatar CEO, said the mall is set to play a pivotal role in the country’s economic growth and diversification. 

“Mall of Qatar has been carefully designed to immerse visitors in a superior, unparalleled, and multi-sensory experience—one that perfectly blends the best in shopping, dining, and entertainment,” said Ahmad Al-Mulla, Mall of Qatar CEO.

“Our project won’t just redefine the traditional concept of a shopping centre — it will also help create around 8,000 new job opportunities and thus serve as a springboard for Qatar’s economic growth.”

As well as shops, the mall will premiere the world’s first resident troupe – offering mall-wide entertainment with 52 weeks of shows on a 360-degree custom developed revolving stage, as well as a multilevel family entertainment complex.

The mall will also feature a 19-screen Cineplex inclusive of IMAX’s revolutionary laser projection and 12 channel immersive sound system on the region’s largest screen. The cinema will also feature the latest 4D projection technology screen, 7 VIP screens, an 8-lane bowling alley, and in-theatre gourmet food services.