Abu Dhabi, 30 June 2019: Kinokuniya Bookstore will open its first location in the UAE capital at The Galleria Al Maryah Island next year, giving book lovers, families and the local community even more reasons to visit Abu Dhabi's next-generation destination.
Since Kinokuniya Bookstore first opened in Tokyo in 1927, it has become a beloved brand across the world with flagship stores from as far afield as New York and San Francisco to Sydney and Kuala Lumpur. The brand was established in the UAE in Dubai Mall towards the end of 2008, and in spring 2020 Kinokuniya will open at Abu Dhabi's most-anticipated new entertainment and lifestyle destination.
Kinokuniya will enhance The Galleria's comprehensive entertainment and leisure offering which includes three levels of world-class entertainment for all ages, family parks, a 21-screen VOX cinema with IMAX and first-in-the-region culinary concept Central Kitchens. Kinokuniya's unmatched selection of books, magazines, comics and gifts will cater to every member of the community.
Naoya Hirata, Managing Director of Kinokuniya UAE, says, "We are very excited to celebrate our unique Japanese heritage within The Galleria Al Maryah Island's vibrant mix, and we look forward to welcoming the Abu Dhabi community to our store. Young children will love Kinokuniya's learning and development series, teens will be captivated with popular young-adult titles, and thousands of classic and contemporary fiction and non-fiction titles will suit all preferences."
Kinokuniya also houses an extensive array of educational materials, art supplies, crafts and gifts ensuring there is no end to the creativity, and providing a constant source of inspiration for young and old alike.
Daniel Parry, Managing Director of Gulf Related, comments, "We are delighted to introduce Kinokuniya at The Galleria Al Maryah Island. The Galleria is a place for the community to come together and create new experiences. The addition of Kinokuniya further ensures the mall will be a destination where families and children can learn, grow and be entertained."
Kinokuniya will be part of The Galleria's much-anticipated expansion which will introduce 270 high-street and international brands, including 70 casual dining options and over 250,000 square feet of entertainment for all ages. All this will add to The Galleria's established Luxury Collection which houses over 130 of the world's most coveted fashion, jewellery and watches boutiques and The Dining Collection's outstanding array of award-winning restaurants along Al Maryah Island's Waterfront Promenade, which includes Zuma, La Petite Maison and Nurs-Et. Once fully open in September, The Galleria will be the most exciting retail, entertainment and culinary hub in Abu Dhabi.
About The Galleria Al Maryah Island
The Galleria Al Maryah Island is Abu Dhabi's super-regional mall in the heart of the city. With over 400 stores, including 300 of the world's most popular brands, 100 food and beverage options and an abundance of entertainment catering to all ages, The Galleria has something for everyone. First opened in 2013 as a luxury and fine-dining destination with brands such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Gucci and Zuma, on 4 September 2019 it will dramatically expand its offering when 250 new stores such as Zara, H&M and Debenhams open alongside family favourites such as The Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang's and Paul Café. Combined with world-class entertainment venues including a 21-screen VOX Cinema with IMAX, a flagship Xtreme Zone and urban parks catering to family activities, this incredible offering sets The Galleria apart as the most exciting retail, culinary, entertainment and lifestyle hub in the Middle East. Abu Dhabi is our city; The Galleria is your mall.
About Al Maryah Island
Al Maryah Island is Abu Dhabi's business and lifestyle destination. It is designated as Abu Dhabi's International Finance Center and is an international financial free zone that offers businesses the ideal landscape to invest, grow and thrive. This unique 114-hectare cosmopolitan is home to Abu Dhabi Global Market, the award-winning IFC and governing authority of Al Maryah Island. Features include retail and dining offerings, premium hospitality and world-class healthcare with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Al Maryah Island is surrounded by a striking waterfront promenade, which hosts some of Abu Dhabi's most exciting events. The combination of offerings sets this destination as a business-friendly place with a progressive ecosystem that fosters innovative thinking and collaboration. Whether a UAE resident, a visitor from the GCC or abroad, an investor or business partner, Al Maryah is a place to experience the city at its most dynamic, offering a truly exceptional experience