Al Bustan Centre & Residence threw its doors open to the public for the very first time on 7th of January 1997.   It was touted as the largest Shopping-cum- Residential complex in the country.  Started with a capital of AED500 million, the property occupied an area of 1.2 million square feet with 640 luxury flats of varying sizes and 80 retail outlets including reputed names like McDonalds, Paris Gallery and Damas, something which was unprecedented in the market.