“Dragon Mart,” based on a similar shopping complex in Dubai, has so far signed up some 300 companies to sell goods in the mall, taking up 20,000 square meters of retail space in the 8km long development.
The shops will offer a host of Chinese-made products, including building materials, furniture, electronics and textiles.
The Peninsula adds that the mall is just a small part of a new Chinese community that is springing up in the same area, near Church City and Barwa City.
A “township” to accommodate Dragon Mart’s staff and their families is being built nearby, which will eventually be home to 3,000 Chinese nationals, the newspaper reports, citing an unidentified source.
It’s thought this “China Town” will also house Chinese restaurants and supermarkets.
Dragon Mart is also developing a a 200,000 square-meter “logistics village” with warehouses, baqalas, etc to support the new mall.
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