Emaar Malls reports Dh1.5 billion net profit for 9 months


Staff Report

Dubai – Emaar Malls, the shopping malls and retail business majority-owned by Emaar Properties, recorded a net profit of Dh1.506 billion (US$410 million) during the first nine months (January to September) 2017, a growth of 6 per cent over the net profit of AED1.422 billion (US$387 million) during the same period in 2016.
The total revenue for the first nine months of the year was AED2.5 billion (US$681 million), which is 5 per cent higher than the revenue of AED2.39 billion (US$651 million), during the same period last year.

Emaar Malls completed the acquisition of leading Middle East online fashion retailer Namshi on August 16, 2017, marking a milestone in its digital-oriented growth. Following Emaar Malls’ acquisition, Namshi recorded sales of AED196 million during Q3 2017, an increase of 39 percent compared to the same period in 2016.
Emaar Malls reported Q3 2017 revenue of AED876 million (US$238 million), 13 per cent higher than Q3 2016 revenue of AED774 million (US$211 million), contributed in part by the consolidation of Namshi revenue. Net profit was AED 485 million (US$ 132 million) during Q3 2017, an 11 percent growth compared to Q3 2016. With a gross leasable area (GLA) of 6 million sq ft in Dubai, GLA occupancy levels across Emaar Malls’ assets averaged 95 percent during the first nine months of 2017.

Underlining the sustained growth of Emaar Malls assets, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, Souk Al Bahar, Gold & Diamond Park and community shopping centres together welcomed over 95 million visitors during the first nine months of the year, an increase of 5 percent over the same period last year. The Dubai Mall continued to record strong visitor footfall at 58 million during the first nine months of this year, highlighting its credentials as the world’s most visited retail and entertainment destination.

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Malls and Emaar Properties, said: “Emaar Malls achieved its growth through innovative initiatives that are aimed at enhancing the visitor and customer experience. In addition to introducing advanced technologies that add value to customers and retailers, Emaar Malls is investing in digital platforms to offer more and varied choices for people across multiple channels.”
He added: “We are further strengthening the retail sector in Dubai to offer future-ready shopping environments with new projects such as the dedicated high-end retail precinct in Dubai Creek Harbour. With the shifts in shopping trends, it is important to adopt innovative strategies, and we are focused on creating socially and culturally inspiring spaces for people. This will contribute to the goals of Dubai Plan 2021, announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to establish Dubai as the preferred place to live, work and visit.”
Strengthening its malls portfolio in Dubai, Emaar has announced the launch of ‘Dubai Hills Mall,’ a family retail district located in the heart of Dubai Hills Estate. A regional retail and leisure destination scheduled to open in late 2019, Dubai Hills Mall will have a GLA of over 2 million sq ft. It will be home to more than 750 outlets including a range of ‘fast fashion’ retail and F&B choices featuring a wide array of restaurants and cafes.
The upcoming retail district in Dubai Creek Harbour will be a prime hub for luxury retail and leisure, linked directly to the Dubai Creek Tower, the new global icon. In other growth initiatives, The Dubai Mall is in the final stages of the expansion of Fashion Avenue to add 1 million sq ft of built up area and deliver over 600,000 sq ft GLA. The expanded Fashion Avenue will add over 150 international brands, and F&B and leisure outlets. – abdulbasit@theuaenews.com