The first phase of Ruparelia Group’s $300m Kingdom Kampala mall is done, edge.ug has learnt.
This substantial mixed-use project is located between three main roads; Nile Avenue, Yusuf Lule Road and Dewinton Road to the northeast of Central Business District of Kampala.
The mall will be officially unveiled in December this year.
A comparison between the Kampala of twenty years ago and the one of today, shows a wide scope of realities.
It is thus undeniable that more developments have happened in terms of infrastructure such as roads, schools, shopping malls, hotels to mention but a few.
All this has happened, thanks to the government and private investors that have dug deepest in their pockets to put up such impressive works.
One of the investors whose contribution can’t be overemphasized is business mogul, Dr Sudhir Ruparelia, the chairman of the Ruparelia group.
His investments in banking, insurance, hotel and leisure, education and real estate have most definitely changed the face of Kampala while providing thousands of employment opportunities to Ugandans.
Dr Sudhir took over from Saudi Prince Ali Waheed who was supposed to build a hotel to host guests during the Common Wealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2007 but the hotel was never built.
It ought to be understood that prince Ali Waheed, together with Abland Africa an International firm from south Africa, which were supposed to build a CHOGM hotel-Kingdom Hotel in 2007 but failed, sold their interests to Sudhir’s Crane Management Services (CMS) that since took over the construction of the same.
Uganda’s richest man, Dr Sudhir Ruparelia sunk in about one trillion Uganda shillings (300 us dollars) in the project which is in its final completion stages.
Inside kingdom Kampala mall
The twelve floored multibillion, multipurpose complex will house a 200 bedroom 4 Star Hotel, 40,000 square metre office space and a 16,000 square metre rentable space for leisure related kind of businesses.
“This is going to be a one stop centre complex where a customer comes and finds about 98% on their shopping list in one place, ample parking space, adequate security to people and property, eating places etc,” Dr Sudhir opined in an interview with one of the local dailies.
Such developments put the economy on a positive trend as enormous opportunities.
The mall will create more jobs to people, trading space, entertainment, tourism and above all generate revenue to the government.