About five international companies were competing for the main contract on the mall, which will be the world’s largest shopping centre. It will have a mall with 600,000 square metres of retail space and 700,000 square metres of car parking. The successful bidder will also build a major aquarium, a district cooling plant, external works and services. The mall is due to open in the fourth quarter of 2006 . The US’ Turner Internationalis the project manager.

The award of the Dubai Mall contract is expected to be followed, possibly before the start of Ramadan in mid-October, by the selection of a main contractor on the Burj Dubai tower project. Bidders submitted a third round of clarifications in late September for the estimated $800 million main contract, which involves the construction of a tower approximately 700 metres high.