Macy’s Inc. announced that Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores are planned to open in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), in 2018 as part of a strategic partnership with Al Tayer Group, a leading UAE-based company with diversified businesses.

The stores will anchor Al Maryah Central, a new shopping destination on Al Maryah Island that is being developed by Gulf Related, a joint venture between Related Companies, one of the largest private real estate development and investment firms and Gulf Capital, the Middle East’s leading asset management firm.

The Macy’s store will offer 205,000 square feet (ca. 19,000 sqm), while the Bloomingdale’s store will provide a sales area of 230,000 square feet (ca. 21,000 sqm). On four levels both stores will offer a merchandise assortment, ambience and customer service similar to each brand’s shopping experience in the United States, while also being sensitive to local preferences and customers.

The stores will be operated by Al Tayer Group under license agreements with Macy’s Inc. Al Tayer already opened and operates the Bloomingdale’s which opened in Dubai in 2010.

“As a spectacular new world-class shopping destination, Al Maryah Central provides an outstanding opportunity to introduce Macy’s to customers who live and work in the booming UAE market, as well as to visitors who come from around the world for events, business and holidays,” said Terry Lundgren, Macy’s, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer.

“We are delighted to extend our successful partnership with Macy’s Inc. (…)Having recorded almost five successful years with Bloomingdale’s–Dubai, we are confident that the offering from Macy’s will have an equally strong appeal in the Middle East region. Both Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s have entrenched themselves as market leaders in department store retailing in the U.S., and we look forward to delivering the same unrivalled shopping experience to customers in Abu Dhabi,” said Khalid Al Tayer, CEO - Retail, Al Tayer Group.