Dubai, United Arab Emirates — The Middle East will be getting the world’s first Macy’s department store outside the United States, and just for good measure, its second Bloomingdale’s, too.

Property developer Gulf Related and Dubai-based retail conglomerate Al Tayer Group said on Tuesday that they plan to open both stores in a new shopping center being built in the United Arab Emirates’ oil-rich capital of Abu Dhabi.

The stores will be located in The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, which is due to open in Spring 2018. Financial details were not disclosed.

The nearby Emirati city of Dubai already hosts the first overseas branch of Bloomingdale’s. That outpost opened in 2010 in the vast Dubai Mall, one of the world’s biggest shopping centers, set at the base of the world’s tallest tower.

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