Bowling at the mall

by Bob Johnson 0

The vision of Peter Walichnowski, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Properties, is to make Dubai "the leading retail and leisure destination in the Middle East."

And part of that vision involves bowling.

The new Mirdif City Centre development debuted on March 16 with close to 90 percent of its 1.75 million square feet of space occupied and open for business. There are 430 businesses in the mega-mall, including a 12-lane bowling center.

"Our vision for Mirdif City Centre was to create a large mall offering a full range of shops and experiences, but with the friendly feel of a community-focused environment," Walichnowski said. "It's a different kind of mall."

In addition to the bowling center, leisure activities at Mirdif City Centre include a sky diving experience and a center for children that combines education with entertainment. The mall also features more than 75 restaurants, including the first United Arab Emirates installation of U.S. mainstay P.F. Chang's.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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