All your affordable interiors dreams have been answered…
As much as we love to splurge on a marble coffee table and authentic hand-woven rugs, we’ve definitely got a soft spot for IKEA’s Scandi-cool, low-cost homewares.
And in a couple of years, you’ll be able to kit out your house (as well as grab a cinnamon roll) from a location other than the Festival City HQ.
The Swedish-owned retailer is opening a second branch in Dubai, spread across a large 30,000 square metres.
The store will be located in Jebel Ali, close to Ibn Battuta Mall, and is expected to open within the next two years.
The IKEA will form part of a larger mall by UAE developer Al-Futtaim Group, which will also include an ACE store, along with a food court, hypermarket, and around 100 other shops.
The mall is slated to open in early 2019, Gulf Business reports, and will be spread over a whopping 78,500 metres.
While we don’t know yet if the new branch will stock everything that the Festival City location does, there will definitely be an in-store restaurant, coffee shop and bakery, so you’ll be able to satisfy your meatball fix at both ends of town.
There’ll also be a hi-tech new addition which lets customers shop by scanning the products in store, and organising them to be delivered to their home.
So no more worries about getting that Billy bookcase in the back of your Kia Picanto.
The mall’s name will be revealed later this year, so we’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, we’re off to browse cushion covers and crockery that we definitely don’t need…