In 2015 Aksal Group announced that they intended to repeat the experience of Morocco Mall, but this time in Rabat. With this ambition in mind, Aksal Group appointed again the architect behind the hughly successful Morocco Mall, Davide Padoa of Design International.
The mall is to be part of the larder ‘Wessal Bouregreg’ project, which has been launched under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI as part of the ‘Royal Vision’ for making Morocco an international destination. The ‘Wessal Bouregreg’ project will cover an area of about 110 hectares and be truly mixed-use, consisting of residential, cultural infrastructure, a hotel, a marina and of course, a shopping centre. The cultural infrastructure element will include a Grand Theatre and a National Library, as well as a Museum of Archaeology and Earth Sciences.
Davide Padoa, CEO of Design International commented, ‘We are delighted to be involved in this project. The design will reflect the richness of the historical architectural heritage of the city of Rabat, while complementing the Grand Theatre, which is being designed by Zaha Hadid.’
The Morocco Valley Mall will be both outdoor and indoor, with an element of fluidity leading to the organic heart of the city. The shopping centre will also be full of greenery, and be designed to a highly sustainable level. It will be built on a total area of approximately 6 hectares and will house over two hundred prestigious retail and leisure brands, as well as cinema complex. The hotel will be an international ‘signature’ hotel and be directly linked to the mall, as one would expect from an international tourist destination.