Chief operating officer, Al Farwaniya Property Developments, Gary Burrows

Gary Burrows

Al Farwaniya Property Developments, the developer of Abu Dhabi’s Reem Mall, has welcomed Gary Burrows as the company’s chief operating officer.

Burrows has worked in more than 35 countries spanning the globe. He has over 29 years of international property management experience specialising in retail, leisure, entertainment and mixed-use assets.

In his new capacity, he will be responsible for key aspects of the development and delivery of the $1.2 billion Reem Mall project.

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CEO, Al Farwaniya Property Developments, Shane Eldstrom commented on Burrows’ appointment: “Gary is a seasoned and trusted leader who consistently delivers results.  He is uniquely qualified to drive the strategic direction and practical implementation of Reem Mall, and I have full confidence in Gary’s ability to make this project a great success. His approach and ideas are closely aligned with our vision and mission for Reem Mall and the wider Abu Dhabi, and I look forward to working closely together to deliver this fantastic new destination.”

Meanwhile, Burrows declared: “I am very pleased to be returning to the UAE and joining Al Farwaniya Property Developments as chief operating officer. Reem Mall’s business proposition is very compelling, and I look forward to working with the team here to win the hearts and minds of partners, stakeholders and future customers, as we move towards completion. I am incredibly energised to help lead the company to its next phase of innovation and operational excellence.”

Prior to his new position, Burrows worked with major international companies including Cushman & Wakefield, Doughty Hanson, Al Futtaim, Westfield and IKEA Centres. He has also been responsible for launching the Croatian and Belarusian council of shopping centres.

Construction of the highly anticipated Reem Mall began in late 2017 and on completion, it will offer 185,806m2 of leasable area comprising 450 local and international outlets.