Majid al-Futtaim Group (MAF) is still negotiating with three shortlisted groups for the contract to build its estimated $770m Mall of Egypt at 6 October City outside Cairo.

Last year, the UAE-based mall developer shortlisted the joint venture of the UAE’s Arabtec Construction and Industrial Construction & Engineering Company (Siac); the joint venture of Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and the local Hassan Allam Sons; and the local Orascom Construction Industries with Belgium’s Six Construct.

The Mall of Egypt will cover a total area of 160,000 square metres and is scheduled to contain 350 shops when completed. One of the main attractions of the proposed mall will be an indoor ski slope, similar to the Ski Dubai component in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, also an MAF development.

In addition to the indoor ski facility, the mall will contain a 17-screen cinema complex, food court and other leisure amenities. The UK-based architecture firm RTKL is designing the shopping development (MEED 25:11:11).