Nakheel Malls and Total Partner to Install 12,000 Solar Panels on Ibn Battuta Mall and Dragon Mart Rooftops
Ibn Battuta Mall and Dragon Mart rooftops to become first Nakheel Malls solarized assets by Q4 2021
Dubai, UAE: 18 January 2021 – Nakheel Malls, the retail arm of master developer Nakheel, has joined forces with Total, through its affiliate Total Solar Distributed Generation (DG) Middle East, dedicated to the development of distributed solar energy solutions, to solarize the rooftops of Ibn Battuta Mall and Dragon Mart with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.
The solar solution, provided by Total, will allow Nakheel Malls’ to reduce its carbon footprint contributing to its sustainable development efforts in the UAE. The PV panels can generate around 9 GWh of clean energy with an estimated reduction of over 3,500 tons of CO2 yearly. Around 12,000 PV panels will be installed at both malls, spanning around 35,000 sqm.
The partnership agreement was signed in the presence of Omar Khoory, Chief Hospitality and Assets Officer, Nakheel, as well as Marin de Montbel, Managing Director, Total Solar DG Middle East and Mathieu Lauga, Key Account Manager, Total Solar DG Middle East.
Omar Khoory, Chief Hospitality and Assets Officer, Nakheel, said: “Given a growing global climate focus, it’s critical that governments work with the public and private sector on implementing clean energy solutions within urban planning. As part of our ongoing alignment with the leadership of Dubai, Nakheel Malls are committed to supporting efforts of the city’s clean energy strategy 2050. We are doing this through our partnership with Total by installing PV Solar panels at Dragon Mart and Ibn Battuta Mall with the aim to support a circular economy.”
Marin de Montbel, Managing Director, Total Solar DG Middle East, said: “Our mission is to enable our customers to meet their sustainability goals by reducing their carbon footprint through our photovoltaic rooftop systems and carports. Our solar rooftop project in partnership with Nakheel Malls is part of our commitment to address climate challenge by providing more energy with less emissions. It is fully in line with both our long-term growth strategy and our ambition to become a world leader in renewables.”
The project is set to commence in January while the shopping malls will remain fully operational throughout, with little to no disruption to customers.
About Nakheel Malls (www.nakheel.com)
Nakheel Malls owns and operates a diverse range of world-class retail experiences with a distinct portfolio of iconic lifestyle, shopping, dining and entertainment destinations across Dubai. Its strong heritage has been a driving force behind its well-established footprint, which spans 1.4 million square metres of gross leasable space. Nakheel Malls’ 14 developments and 5,000 retailers together shape the lifestyle of 90 million customers every year.
The Palm Jumeirah – Nakheel’s award-winning, world-famous landmark and a symbol of the UAE’s ambition and creativity – is home to Nakheel Mall, Golden Mile Galleria, The Pointe, home to the world’s largest fountain, The Palm Fountain, Club Vista Mare, Palm West Beach and The Palm Monorail, a celebration of enhanced lifestyle experiences for residents and tourists alike. The View at The Palm and Circle Mall will launch in due course.
Nakheel Malls’ expanding portfolio is a testament to its creative spirit that reflects people’s aspirations. It includes distinguished, large-scale shopping centres such as Ibn Battuta Mall, Dragon Mart (which recently launched its ecommerce platform in partnership with DP World) and a collection of Pavilions located across six Nakheel residential communities. Upcoming projects include Souk Warsan and Al Khail Avenue.
Nakheel Malls is the retail arm of world-leading master developer Nakheel and the exclusive franchisee for its gourmet food hall concept, Depachika.
About Total Solar Distributed Generation Middle East (www.totalsolarme.com)
Total Solar Distributed Generation (DG) Middle East is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Total dedicated to the development of distributed solar energy solutions, including solar-powered rooftops, carport and ground-mounted solar power plants. Active since April 2018, Total Solar DG is one of the major international providers of fully integrated solar solutions for commercial and industrial customers in the region with a portfolio of over 70 MW of projects in development and operation.
About Total (www.total.com)
Total is a broad energy company that produces and markets fuels, natural gas and electricity. Our 100,000 employees are committed to better energy that is more affordable, more reliable, cleaner and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, our ambition is to become the responsible energy major.