BurJuman '2' set for December opening

The Dhs1.4 billion extension to the high end shopping mall is 66% complete, and they've even thought about the inevitable traffic jams.

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By  David Ingham Published  March 9, 2003

BurJuman’s dramatic Dhs1.4 billion expansion project is 66% complete and on track for a December 15 opening, according to Eisa Adam Ibrahim, general manager.

Ibrahim quoted statistics aplenty as he made the announcement to journalists today. The total size of the project, it was learned, will be 4.4 million square feet, four times larger than the existing BurJuman; all 120 shops in the extension have already been leased; and there will be an incredible four levels of underground parking.

“Once the landmark project is completed, BurJuman will become the most significant development in retail, leisure and entertainment industries in the Middle East,” said Majid Saif Al Ghurair, president of BurJuman Centre.

As Al Ghurair implies, BurJuman ‘2’ is not just about retail. A 22 storey office tower, and a luxury residential complex are also part of the development. “We will offer the most luxurious apartments in town, that’s for sure,” pledged an enthusiastic Eisa Adam Ibrahim.

As the project nears completion, the wall of the existing BurJuman will be knocked through and the two parts joined to become a single, 300 unit ‘mega mall.’

Some of the biggest names in fashion and luxury items have taken up space. Saks Fifth Avenue will occupy an 80,000 square feet unit and names as illustrious as Hugo Boss, Christian Dior, Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger and many others will also be there.

For those horrified at the prospect of another huge development in overcrowded Bur Dubai, there is some positive news — a plan to ease traffic flow in and out of the development has been put together. Arabian Business has learned that a brand new traffic junction will be added to the Trade Centre Road in between the existing Karama and BurJuman junctions.

Two dedicated lanes will feed traffic coming from the direction of Dubai World Trade Centre from the main road into BurJuman 2. U-turns at the BurJuman traffic lights, a major existing chokepoint, will be banned or restricted.

There is also talk of facilitating access from the back of the complex, although how that is going to be done in the crowded residential area behind BurJuman isn’t clear. Whatever happens, “there are going to be roadworks for sure,” confirms Ibrahim.

Once visitors are inside the car park, “Movement of traffic within the mall, horizontally and vertically, is going to be very fast,” according to Ibrahim.

The design of the extension will include modern and traditional ingredients. Four court areas will each be based around the concept of an element: one each for Earth, Water, Fire and Air. Around fifty water features aim to add a feeling of nature and natural light will be plentiful thanks to a glass atrium.

Design and construction is being managed by an international team of experts, comprising over 50 nationalities. Kohn Pederson Fox Associates is the architect and lead consultant.

Of the Dhs1.4 billion bill, a large chunk of it is being provided by the BurJuman Centre itself. National Bank of Dubai, Emirates Bank International and Mashreqbank have provided a loan package of Dhs600 million, one of the largest corporate loans ever in the UAE.

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