On Friday, 11th of November 2005 the groundstone event for Forum Etlik in Ankara took place. In doing so the city of Ankara is in a position to benefit from the expertise of Turkey and South East Europe's largest independent project development company, MDCTurkmall. The company now makes the second step of investments in Turkey in the capital city of Ankara. Scheduled for opening in 2007, Forum Etlik will cover 200,000 m².
AM-MDCTurkmall bring Ankara a new living center.The groundstone event for the Forum Etlik Shopping and Entertainment Centre was held on November 11th last. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Abdüllatif Şener, Minister of State Kürşat Tüzmen, Mayor of Keçiören Turgut Altınok, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MDCTurkmall Hans Otto Nagel, CEO of AM-MDC Development Hans van Veggel, businessmen, both foreign and from Ankara, and other well-known names in the protocol of government. Forum Etlik will be constructed on a 200,000 m² development site.
MDCTurkmall started its first project in İzmir in June with the project Forum Bornova.
General Manager of MDCTurkmall Levent Eyüboğlu, who spoke at the ceremony, said: "This project is very important for MDCTurkmall; Forum Etlik, a breath of fresh air for the retail market in Ankara."
Forum Etlik is designed to become one of the major shopping destinations within Turkey's capital Ankara. Forum Etlik Shopping -and Entertainment Centre includes a cinema, foodcourt, a large Hypermarket, a DIY, as well as a number of other well-known retail brands. Forum Etlik will have 73,000 m² of lettable area and there will be a zoo in the center as well.
The concept of the center is designed by T+T Design, Gouda (The Netherlands) and the architectural work is carried out by the Portuguese architectural group CPU. The architecture of the center will resemble thematic elements of local architecture, giving it the appearrance of a small town. The centre is expected to attract over 15 million visitors each year.