The Galleria Al Maryah Island adds unique experiences

Books Kinokuniya and American Rag Cie open their only Abu Dhabi locations

  • Ashley Homestore opens its Abu Dhabi Flagship
  • Premium coffee specialists Maison Samira Maatouk open in The Galleria’s Luxury Collection

Abu Dhabi: The Galleria Al Maryah Island is delighted to announce exciting new shopping and dining options which include Abu-Dhabi’s much-anticipated and only Books Kinokuniya store, denim specialist American Rag Cie, a flagship Ashley Homestore and premium coffee specialists Maison Samira Maatouk. These powerhouse brands add to the destination’s unrivalled range of shopping and dining, and provide unique experiences for the Abu Dhabi community.

America Rag Cie

American Rag Cie offers customers at The Galleria extraordinary experiences. The concept is recognised as “the best fashion retailer in the world” by Wear magazine and “the best jeans store on planet earth” by Levi Strauss & Co., and with over 200 individual brands, exclusive lines and a denim selection offering in excess of 15 brands each for men and women, it is easy to see why.

American Rag’s new location at The Galleria is its most exciting project to date, seamlessly combining entertainment, innovation and fashion.  Artificially intelligent mirrors offer instant product selection and the ability to post directly on social media. Live video content from local artists and brands is streamed in-store via two mega screens, and a fully functioning ‘half pipe’ skate ramp raises the bar for customer experience in the region.

All of this adds to American Rag’s most important feature, its in-store customer service, where a team of experienced fashion stylists and ‘sneakerheads’ are ready to welcome the Abu Dhabi community to a new and exciting world of footwear and streetwear.

Books Kinokuniya

Books Kinokuniya has also recently opened its doors at The Galleria, filling a gap in the market and offering a truly unique experience for visitors. With over 150,000 titles across two levels, Books Kinokuniya has made sure that its only store in Abu Dhabi houses the emirate’s strongest offerings in English and Arabic.

A fusion between Japanese and Arabic design incorporating an abundance of natural light and the soft tones of wood, it is a wonderland of fiction, non-fiction, self-improvement, educational resources, limited editions, toys, games, magazines, comics, stationary and more. It is a paradise for bookworms, and with the largest children’s book section in Abu Dhabi, along with Funko figurines and collectibles, the selection ensures every member of the family will leave with treasures they will cherish.

Ashley Homestore

Abu Dhabi’s flagship Ashley Homestore is now open at The Galleria. With over 1,000 locations, it is one of the leading furniture brands worldwide and offers exclusive designs, products and accessories from its acclaimed catalogue.

The Galleria is already established as Abu Dhabi’s leading homeware destination with brands such United Furniture, West Elm, Pottery Barn, 2XL Furniture, Sophia Home, H&M Home, Villeroy & Boch and more, and the addition of Ashley Homestore further cements this status.

The new 16,500 square foot (1,542 sq. m.) store at The Galleria adds a new dimension to this offering with pieces inspired by international trends and developed by the brand’s design team, while in-store experts are on hand to provide advice and guidance, ensuring that each product is suited to customer needs.

Maison Samira Maatouk

Maison Samira Maatouk, one of the first coffee roasters in the UAE, has launched its new café concept serving premium coffee blends in The Galleria. Building upon the brand’s seventy-year heritage, the café’s traditional Emirati and Turkish coffee blends have become the leading specialty blends in the country.

Maison Samira Maatouk’s new store at The Galleria is now the only location where many of these exclusive coffee recipes and the full range of the brand’s products can be found. Located opposite Chanel in The Galleria’s Luxury Collection, this authentic Arabian brand offers exquisite new flavours and an elevated experience for coffee enthusiasts.

Daniel Parry, Managing Director of Gulf Related comments, “The Galleria has always sought to provide the Abu Dhabi community with the best choice in fashion, dining, home and entertainment. We are delighted to welcome our customers back to a destination that is even stronger than before by introducing Books Kinokuniya and American Rag Cie to Abu Dhabi along with Ashley Homestore’s Abu Dhabi flagship.”

The Galleria Al Maryah Island is open from 10am to 7pm daily, with extended opening hours for Waitrose, Boots Pharmacy, H&M, F Mart, Urban Male Lounge and NStyle Beauty Salon. The destination continues to implement the highest standards of safety, ensuring a comfortable and clean environment for employees and visitors. This includes strict health and safety procedures, comprehensive sanitisation programmes, thermal scanning, personal protective equipment, social distancing policies and customer capacity limits. For more information on health and safety procedures in place at The Galleria, please visit


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About The Galleria Al Maryah Island

The Galleria Al Maryah Island is Abu Dhabi’s super-regional mall in the heart of the city. With more than 400 stores, including 300 of the world’s most popular brands, 100 food and beverage options and an abundance of entertainment catering to all ages, The Galleria has something for everyone. First opened in 2013 as a luxury and fine-dining destination with brands such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Gucci and Zuma, in September 2019 it dramatically expanded its offering when 270 new stores such as Zara, H&M and Debenhams opened alongside family favourites such as The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s and Paul Café. Combined with world-class entertainment venues including a 21-screen VOX Cinemas with IMAX, a flagship Xtreme Zone and urban parks catering to family activities, this incredible offering sets The Galleria apart as the most exciting retail, culinary, entertainment and lifestyle hub in the Middle East.

For more information about The Galleria Al Maryah Island, please visit or join us on social media @TheGalleriaUAE, #AtTheGalleria

About Al Maryah Island

Al Maryah Island is Abu Dhabi’s business and lifestyle destination. It is designated as Abu Dhabi’s International Finance Center and is an international financial free zone that offers businesses the ideal landscape to invest, grow and thrive.

This unique 114-hectare cosmopolitan is home to Abu Dhabi Global Market, the award-winning IFC and governing authority of Al Maryah Island. Features include retail and dining offerings, premium hospitality and world-class healthcare with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Al Maryah Island is surrounded by a striking waterfront promenade, which hosts some of Abu Dhabi’s most exciting events.

The combination of offerings sets this destination as a business-friendly place with a progressive ecosystem that fosters innovative thinking and collaboration. Whether a UAE resident, a visitor from the GCC or abroad, an investor or business partner, Al Maryah is a place to experience the city at its most dynamic, offering a truly exceptional experience.

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