Kuwait-based retail franchise operator MH Alshaya Co said on Sunday it is creating 2,000 new jobs in opening 42 different brands at Yas Mall, the shopping mall set to launch later this month on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
The store openings represent Alshaya's single biggest opening on one day, the company said in a statement.
In total, the stores cover more than 30,000 square metres of retail space, offering shoppers fashion and footwear, food, health and beauty, pharmacy, optics and home furnishings brands.
The openings also represent a number of debuts for Alshaya, including the largest international Debenhams department store, the first Pottery Barn Teen and first Icing stores in the UAE.
It will also mark the first openings in Abu Dhabi for Victoria's Secret, The Cheesecake Factory, COS, Texas Roadhouse, Muji, River Island, Jo Malone and West Elm.
Other brands operated by Alshaya at the mall will include H&M, Mothercare, and Starbucks.
Alshaya said its investment in Yas Mall also sees the creation of 2,000 jobs.
John Hadden, Alshaya's senior vice-president for property development, said: "As the retail market continues to develop, we continually look for opportunities to introduce our portfolio of well-loved international brands to new customers in new markets.
"The scale of the Yas Mall development gives us a great opportunity to extend the choice available to discerning, brand-savvy consumers in Abu Dhabi."
Yas Mall will open with more than 300 stores, growing to over 400 stores and outlets including F&B brands, a 20 screen cinema operated by VOX Cinemas, the largest hypermarket in Abu Dhabi which will be operated by Geant and a family entertainment zone.
MH Alshaya Co is the international franchise operator for over 70 of the world's most recognised retail brands and operates more than 2,600 stores.