Massive expansion plans for Kuwait's 360 Mall retail complex will include a luxury hotel, new shops and a 7,600-seat tennis arena, developers announced on Monday.
The Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex will put Kuwait firmly on the world's professional tennis map, with the expansion expected to open doors by 2019.
Tamdeen Shopping Centres Company said the expansion project will feature several new to the market retail brands and a five star hotel, in addition to outstanding restaurants, a ballroom, and a health club.
The extension is expected to increase the footfall by at least 30 percent to over 18 million visitors, a statement said.
The tennis complex will have a combined stadium seating for over 7,600 people across two main arenas, each with the capacity to hold 4,000 and 1,600 people respectively, eight indoor courts with over 500 seats and eight outdoor courts with 1,500 seats.
When not being used for tennis, it will double up as an entertainments venue.
The announcement was made at a press conference held at Tamdeen Group headquarters in Kuwait, addressed by Mohammed Jassim Al Marzouq, chairman, Tamdeen Group.
He said: "This will be the first time in the world that retail, sports and entertainment come together under one roof and on this scale. When the expansion work is complete, 360 Mall will be further enhanced and together with the tennis complex will become a landmark in Kuwait.
"We aim to promote the very best brands from around the world under one roof whilst simultaneously encouraging a healthier and more active lifestyle for Kuwait residents."
Al Marzouq added: "The main tennis arena when not being utilised for tournaments will serve as an entertainment anchor for 360 Mall and provide a venue for leisure and recreation with a year-long calendar of events and activities."