Emaar awards Dh 2.7b Dubai Mall contract

A Staff Reporter
Filed on October 31, 2004

DUBAI - Emaar Properties has named Dutco Balfour Beatty-Al Ghandi & Consolidated Contractors International Company (DBB-AG & CCC) as main contractors for The Dubai Mall, a part of the company's Burj Dubai Development.

The Dh2.7 billion contracts is for the construction of the world's largest retail development comprising 12 million square feet of total space and 5 million square feet of total retail space. The project is expected to be completed by 2007.

Turner Construction International is Emaar's project manager for The Dubai Mall. DPA Singapore is the mall's architect while Meinhardt is the engineering consultant.

“Emaar has signed the joint venture partnership of DBB-AG & CCC to be their main contractors in the development of The Dubai Mall. Dutco Balfour Beatty has proved its merit on a number of our projects currently in various stages of development and we feel they have the capacity to deliver,” said Issam Galadari, Executive Director Projects, Emaar Properties. ”We will also shortly be nominating contractors for the Mall's mechanical, electrical and plumbing works,” he said.

The Burj Dubai development will incorporate, among other things the world's tallest tower, the world's largest retail development, a vast man-made lake, a distinctive landscaped park, a boulevard to match the best in the world, an upscale residential complex, a seven-star boutique hotel and a town that takes residents back into the Arabia of old.

“This is no ordinary Mall. There are design elements that will require great expertise. Our designers and engineers have ensured all factors flow in tandem with the overall design, look and feel of this unique mall which is indeed going to offer a lifestyle experience which goes beyond mere shopping,” he said.

The Dubai Mall boasts many attractions including the world's largest indoor Gold Souq, several food courts, Waterfront Atrium, Fountain Oasis, a dedicated high fashion area, Olympic sized ice-rink, The Aquarium and Kiddy Land. Landscaped gardens and parklands with water features will add to the charm of The Mall.

In terms of convenience, some 15,000 parking spaces are planned. On completion, The Dubai Mall expects to attract 35 million visitors in the first full year of business, with a continuing growth of 20 to 30 per cent a year.

“People will choose The Dubai Mall for wholesome family entertainment as well as for an exclusive shopping experience. The tourists will choose The Dubai Mall because it represents what Dubai stands for: a global city with a global vision, Issam added.

Since the opening of The Dubai Mall Leasing Centre in June this year, Emaar has received an overwhelming response from international and regional retailers who want to be part of its unrivalled retail environment, which will be home to the globe's most esteemed brand names. More than 40 per cent of the Mall's retail concepts will be new to this region.

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