Nakheel awards Dh4.2bn contract for Deira Mall project

Master developer Nakheel today officially signed a contract for the construction of Deira Mall, its new shopping, dining and entertainment destination with a total value of AED4.2 billion – and the biggest mall in the Middle East.

Nakheel confirmed that United Engineering Construction, UNEC, will build the mall, the UAE’s largest in terms of leasable space, under a contract worth AED4.2 billion – one of Dubai’s highest-value construction contracts awarded for a single project of late. Construction will begin in Q1 this year, with completion in 2021.

Deira Mall, part of Nakheel Malls’ AED16 billion expansion that will take its total retail space to over 17 million sq ft, will have more than 1,000 shops, cafes, restaurants and entertainment outlets across 4.5 million square feet of leasable space, and a 3.8 million square feet multi-storey car park with 8,400 parking bays.

The mall’s star attraction, a state-of-the-art, retractable glass roof will bring natural light into the complex and allow for open-air shopping during cooler months.

Nakheel Chairman, Ali Rashid Lootah, said, "Nakheel’s existing and upcoming developments are playing a vital role in delivering the Government of Dubai’s vision. Deira Mall combines cutting edge design, world-class facilities and a stunning location to bring a new dimension to Dubai’s retail sector. With its top-flight shopping, dining and entertainment offering, the mall will provide endless attractions for residents of Deira Islands, the wider UAE community and the millions of tourists who visit Dubai each year."

Deira Mall will be the centrepiece of Deira Central, Nakheel’s nine million square feet mixed-use community at the heart of Deira Islands, containing 50 residential and hotel towers, retail, mosques and fitness facilities, all set in extensive parkland.

It is one of two large-scale retail destinations by Nakheel Malls at Deira Islands. The other, Deira Islands Night Souk, will be the world’s largest night market, with 5,300 shops and almost 100 quayside cafes and restaurants. Construction is in full swing, with the project due for completion later this year.

Nakheel is also building several hotels and resorts at Deira Islands, including an 800-room beachfront resort and waterpark through a joint venture with Spain’s RIU Hotels and Resorts, and a 600-room seafront resort under a partnership with Thailand’s Centara Hotels & Resorts. The company has also signed an MoU with Hilton to manage a 250-room hotel and 200 serviced apartments at Deira Islands under the DoubleTree brand. More hospitality deals are in the pipeline.

Spanning 15.3 sq km, Nakheel’s Deira Islands waterfront city is transforming the area traditionally known as ‘Old Dubai’ into a world-class retail, tourism, living and leisure hub. More than 250,000 people will live there when the project is complete. The four-island development, which is adding 40 km, including 21 km of beachfront, to Dubai’s coastline, is paving the way for hundreds of tourism, leisure and residential developments including hotels, resorts, serviced apartments, mixed-use buildings and waterside homes.

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