More tourists are expected to flock towards 1 Utama Shopping Centre following the completion of the first phase of its extension, which includes two first-of-its-kind sports facilities in Malaysia.
Known as 1 Utama E, the RM150 million expansion will add 592,015 sq ft of gross floor area (GFA) to the mall’s existing GFA of 5 million sq ft. Aside from increasing its net lettable area by 164,687 sq ft, the extension is expected to boost foot traffic by 2.63 million per annum, in addition to the 32.5 million average foot traffic per year.
Among the new attractions that opened on Wednesday (24 January) are AirRider and FlowRide. These are Malaysia’s first commercial indoor skydiving wind tunnel and a simulated wave generator, respectively.
Designed in the US, FlowRider features sheet wave technology intended for surfing, bodyboarding and flowboarding. On the other hand, AirRider hails from Australia and Czech Republic. It enables one to experience skydiving indoor, meaning a person can hover in the air and perform acrobatic stunts without any equipment attached to the body.
“Our vision for AirRider and FlowRider is nothing short of ambitious. We are expecting to see a large influx of professional athletes, enthusiasts and tourists from all around the world coming to Malaysia to join events, regional championships and international competitions hosted in l Utama E,” said the mall’s Director Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok.
“We hope that this, in turn, will make a significant contribution to the sports and tourism development for Malaysia and at the same time create employment opportunities and knowledge transfer for our fellow Malaysians who can learn from world-class instructors residing here.”
Asked on the meaning of 1 Utama E, Teo explained that the E in the name stands for excitement, entertainment and exhilaration – the emotions that would be felt by people who have tried AirRider and FlowRide.
Aside from being connected to 1 Utama Shopping Centre on all floors, 1 Utama E is also directly linked with Bandar Utama MRT station. There’s also a three-storey basement carpark that can accommodate about 500 cars, with direct access ramp off Lebuh Bandar Utama, Dataran Bandar Utama and Persiaran Bandar Utama.
“Throughout this year, more shops and services will be unveiled under phase 2 of 1 Utama E which we target to complete by mid-2019. Aside from FlowRider, the level on the lower ground floor will be styled as an alfresco street of trendy restaurants, cafes, chic bars and bistros,” he noted.
“One floor up will be more F&B outlets alongside new-to-market curated retail and speciality lifestyle shops. On the ground floor, we will feature a unique collective living space. As you venture up to levels one and two, there will be a family entertainment centre, AirRider, and a third sports tourism facility to be revealed in the future,” added Teo.
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