Aldar Properties on Wednesday announced progress in the pre-opening phase of Yas Mall with the aerial fit-out of Geant hypermarket, which is planned to open in November 2014.
Geant began its fit-out by installing an air-conditioning system.
A helicopter was tasked with the installation, which involved lowering five units each weighing 1 to 1.5 tons and on average seven metres long. The operation was performed by a project team involving Aldar, Geant, the tenant coordination company Vindico and the main contractor of the project Sixco, and took just over 50 minutes.
The completion of the air-conditioning installation marks a milestone in the lead up to the hypermarket opening this year which will service the city's international and local visitors including Yas Mall's neighbouring communities.
The fit-outs are continuing at a steady pace and 95 per cent of outlets are committed in terms of leasing ahead of the November opening.
Yas Mall has also announced three further leading retailers as part of its partnership with Chalhoub Group and Retail Arabia including a new concept House of Fraser Department Store, Abu Dhabi's first Hamleys store and the first Joe Fresh store in the UAE.
The mall will also house 20 screen cinemas operated by Vox and Funworks.