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The Dawn of a New Fashion Era: A Showcase of Style Enchants Guests in a Night of Glitz and Glamour

Sensational Showcase establishes The Galleria as the authority on luxury and fashion in the region

30 October 2013
The Dawn of a New Fashion Era: A Showcase of Style Enchants Guests in a Night of Glitz and Glamour

The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi’s new luxury shopping and dining destination, last night hosted the glamorous event The Galleria: A Showcase of Style which revealed the district’s unrivalled offerings. Anchored by the most prestigious names in fashion and jewellery, The Galleria has quickly established itself at the forefront of luxury retail offerings. The dramatic showcase encapsulated the unique experience offered by the precinct, further securing The Galleria’s position as the ultimate destination for luxury in the region. 

Framed by the stunning sculptural glass atrium, The Great Room set the scene for a memorable night in which the glitterati of the UAE were brought together to celebrate the Capital’s much anticipated urban hub. In an evening that thrilled and delighted, there was ample opportunity for guests to mix with the top echelons of the local and regional fashion circuit, during a stunning reception with the who’s who of the region.

The gala event was attended by HH General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and His Majesty the King of Morocco, H.H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, H.E. Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, CEO Mubadala Development Company and Stephen M. Ross Chairman and Founder of Related Companies, Ali Eid AlMheiri, Executive Director of Mubadala Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI), Kenneth A. Himmel, Co-Managing Partner of Gulf Related, President and CEO of Related Urban and Dr. Karim El Solh, CEO of Gulf Capital and Co-Managing Partner of Gulf Related in addition to dignitaries, VIP’s and the UAE’s elite. 

Ali Eid AlMheiri, Executive Director of Mubadala Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI), said: “Modeled on a selection of the world’s most dynamic urban hubs, Al Maryah Island was intended to create a modern and dynamic CBD which would project a powerful image of Abu Dhabi as a leading contemporary Arab City. Our partnership with internationally established entities such as Related for The Galleria and Rosewood Hotel & Resorts for Rosewood Abu Dhabi has ensured the standard of service offerings and amenities available on the Island are at the forefront of conceptual urban living. Following this week’s milestone grand opening of Rosewood Abu Dhabi and tonights inauguration of The Galleria, coupled with the upcoming opening of the beautiful waterfront Promenade which interconnects the district, Sowwah Square is fast establishing itself as Abu Dhabi’s premier urban destination.”

Kenneth A. Himmel, Co-Managing Partner of Gulf Related, President and CEO of Related Urban, said: “The vision for The Galleria was to create a signature flagship destination that would activate Al Maryah Island and its waterfront for all of Abu Dhabi’s residents, guests and visitors, and fill this destination with a carefully curated collection of the best brands in retail today and chef-driven destination restaurants. We have delivered on this vision, presenting one of the highest concentrations of luxury retailers in the Middle East, and a world-class repertoire of aspirational brands-- The Galleria is currently home to 130 retail and dynamic dining concepts. Since our opening in August the market feedback and success rates have surpassed all expectations. A Showcase of Style reflects the true essence of the destination, marking the emergence of The Galleria as an energetic lifestyle destination and true urban hub for The Capital.”

Igniting the evening’s entertainment, and to mark the official opening of The Galleria, HH General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and His Majesty the King of Morocco took part in a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony, which sparked an interactive spiral of illuminations across the property and highlighted The Galleria’s iconic architectural elements in spectacular fashion.

Overlooking the Abu Dhabi skyline on The Galleria’s breathtaking promenade, A Showcase of Style presented an enchanting show which crossed the boundaries of theater, fashion and art installation. Curated to provide the perfect stage for The Galleria’s bespoke style, the Showcase reflected the four of the principal cornerstones of The Galleria: innovative architectural design, thriving urban hub, energetic lifestyle living and glamour unlimited, all housed within a stylish district. 

Complementing the dynamic retail environment The Galleria offers, the visuals for A Showcase of Style used augmented reality to push the boundaries of technology and design resulting in a completely unique sensory encounter.

Developed by Gulf Related and Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI), The Galleria is situated on Al Maryah Island, home to the Capital’s new Central Business District and boasts spectacular waterfront views across the Abu Dhabi cityscape. Featuring 130 of the world’s most renowned retail and culinary outlets and housing fifty new-to-Abu Dhabi brands, The Galleria brings a new era of stylish and sophisticated shopping and dining to the Capital and the Region.  Adding to Abu Dhabi’s most alluring urban hub, new dining concepts set to open in the coming months include Bentley Bistro & Bar, Nolu’s Downtown and Zuma.