Today I had a sneak peek tour to check the progress of the remaining districts that will open shortly at the Avenues Phase III, the Grand Avenue was indeed impressive but I think with the new districts the Avenues will become one of the ultimate shopping destinations in Kuwait and GCC. So buckle up and let’s see what is waiting for us at Phase III.
Prestige District: I took a short walk around it, it’s a Salhiya-like shopping mall yet with bigger scale, so those who seek luxury (Kash5a in Kuwaiti) will like it. it’s built on two-levels with a nice dome in the center and there will be valet parking and hands-free shopping services. Some of the high-end brands boutiques include;
Dolce & Gabbana
SoKu: District: It stands for South of Kuwait, they said it’s youth-oriented; a funky place influenced from New York’s bohemian Soho district. It will include Millions of Milkshakes, iHop, Kevingston, and cafe’s and restaurants. I overheard they are offering lower rate for leasing to help small businesses, though I’ve to confirm that.
Souk District: By far this was my favorite district of the three because it brings back the feeling of old Kuwait, it resembled a traditional Kuwaiti souk similar to Souk Mubarkiya. My remark is that the lanes were very narrow, so I guess it will be hard for shoppers to move around at peak hours, but other than that it was cool.
The Mall District: It looks like an extension or I could say a connecting link between the existing Avenues phase II and Phase III, it will have cafe’s and restaurants. Kidzania will be opened in this area, also there will be a gold souk. There will also be a drop-off area (main entrance) and an access to the new parking, they said the opening will be next Monday. Some of the stores that I came across;
The Body Shop
Generally tour was pleasant, but I observed that they said nothing about the traditional Bazaar, was it cancelled just like the hotel, mosque, and park?