Khansaheb signs up for Dubai mega mall

10 October 2003
The local Khansaheb Civil Engi

neeringhasbeen awarded the contract to carry out the shopping mall and the west car park package on the proposed Mall of the Emirates retail development in Dubai (MEED 19:9:03; 25:7:03).

Estimated to be worth AED 550 million ($150 million), the two-year contract covers the construction of a two-storey complex offering leisure and entertainment facilities, providing 2.4 million square feet of retail facilities.

A second major award is pending on the project, previously known as Souk al-Nakheel. For the snow centre and east car park package, five companies submitted bids by the end-September deadline. They are: the local/South African joint venture of Al-Habtoor Engineering Enterprises,with Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East); the local/Australian Nasa Multiplex; the local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Construct,with the local Arab Technical Construction Company (Arabtec);the local/UK Al-Naboodah Laing; and Khansaheb. The client is expected to shortlist three companies for further talks.

The contract, worth AED 200 million-250 million ($54 million-68 million), covers the construction of: a 1,500-capacity ski resort; five ski runs, including a 400-metre-long ski slope; chiller units with capacity of 6,000 tonnes of snow; and related works.

The project manager is the UK's Mace; the structural engineering consultant is Mott MacDonald, also of the UK. The client is the local Majid al-Futtaim Group of Companies.

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