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Forum Istanbul to open on Oct. 29

ISTANBUL- Hürriyet | 8/24/2009 12:00:00 AM |

Multi Turkmall, the builder of Forum shopping centers and residences throughout Turkey, is set to complete its first project in Istanbul, the country’s largest city.

Multi Turkmall, the builder of Forum shopping centers and residences throughout Turkey, is set to complete its first project in Istanbul, the country’s largest city.

Forum Istanbul is expected to be Europe’s largest shopping center when it opens its doors Oct. 29. The shopping mall will employ 5,000 people and house some 280 national and international brands. It is expected to draw 20 million visitors annually.

Built on an area of 495,000 square meters in the Bayrampaşa district, Forum Istanbul comprises 175,000 square meters of leased area plus an IKEA store measuring 30,000 square meters and a Real supermarket covering about 15,500 square meters. The development will also include public spaces and parks where festivals, as well as cultural and sporting activities, will be organized.

Brand names such as Tepe Home, Saturn, Teknosa and Bimex will cover 11,500 square meters. The stores Boyner, YKM, C&A, M&S and Zara will also be included in the shopping mall, which will have a parking lot with room for 5,500 vehicles.

In addition, Forum Istanbul will be home to a giant Ferris wheel that will be as tall as the Bosphorus bridge, along with a bowling alley, restaurants, an IMAX movie theater, an ice-skating rink and playrooms for children.

Perhaps the biggest attraction of this giant center will be an aquarium housing 10,000 different species and constructed on 8,000 square meters of land. Turkey’s first large aquarium, Turkuazoo will also make Forum Istanbul one of the world’s first shopping centers to include an aquarium. Visitors will be able to walk through one of the world’s longest underwater tunnels, experiencing a 270-degree view that will allow them to feel at one with the sea creatures without having to put on a wetsuit and dive in.

The aquarium will also create jobs for 70 people.

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