Who is to build the Burj?

Emaar names local joint venture as contractor for Dhs2.7b Dubai Mall

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By  Eudore Chand Published  November 6, 2004

Construction Week has learned that the main contractor for the world’s tallest tower has been finalised and that the announcement is to be made within the month. It is likely to be a major local firm in joint venture with foreign partners. Meanwhile, the main contractor for what is being positioned as the world’s largest shopping mall has taken up position at the site from 21st October. After longer than anticipated evaluation process, the much-awaited Dhs2.7 billion Dubai Mall’s construction contract was awarded to the joint venture partnership of Dutco Balfour Beatty-Al Ghandi & Consolidated Contractors International Company (DBB/AG & CCC). The industry is now expecting the award of the construction contract for the Burj Dubai that is proposed by developer Emaar Properties as not only the world’s tallest tower - but by far the tallest tower. Its nearest competitor, the Taipei 101 is 509 m while Burj Dubai is likely to be 300 m higher at around 810 m. Work on Dubai Mall, which is one of the four elements of the Burj Dubai complex, has already started with piling works by Dutch Foundations being well advanced. These are scheduled to finish early next year, according to Emaar officials. The other main elements are the tower, the Residences and the Old Town, all clustered around a manmade lake. Though the names of the shortlisted consortia were not made public, it is understood that Emaar had invited eight partnerships to bid for the Dubai Mall main construction contract. The industry was expecting the announcement of the contract for both the Dubai Mall and the Burj Dubai by the end of August. Dubai Mall is being positioned by developer Emaar as the world’s largest shopping mall. Emaar said the contract to build the world’s largest retail development comprising 1.2 million m2 of gross space featuring 500 000 m2 of retail space, is worth Dhs2.7 billion. The project is to be completed by 2007. Turner Construction International is Emaar’s project manager for The Dubai Mall. DPA Singapore is the mall’s architects while Meinhardt is the engineering consultant. “Emaar has signed the joint venture partnership of DBB-AG & CCC to be their main contractors in the development of The Dubai Mall. Dutco Balfour Beatty has proved its merit on a number of our projects currently in various stages of development and we feel they have the capacity to deliver,” said Issam Galadari, Emaar properties executive director projects. “We will also shortly be nominating contractors for the Mall’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing works.” The Burj Dubai development will incorporate, among other things the world’s tallest tower, the world’s largest retail development, a vast man-made lake, a distinctive landscaped park, a boulevard, an upscale residential complex, a seven-star boutique hotel and a town that takes residents back into the Arabia of old. “This is no ordinary mall. There are design elements that will require great expertise. Our designers and engineers have ensured all factors flow in tandem with the overall design, look and feel of this unique mall which is indeed going to offer a lifestyle experience which goes beyond mere shopping,” Galadari added. The Dubai Mall boasts many attractions including the world’s largest indoor Gold Souq, several food courts, Waterfront Atrium, Fountain Oasis, a dedicated high fashion area, Olympic sized ice-rink, The Aquarium and Kiddy Land. Landscaped gardens and parklands with water features will add to the charm of the mall. In terms of convenience, some 15 000 parking spaces are planned. On completion, the mall hopes to attract 35 million visitors in the first full year of business, with a growth of 20% to 30% a year.

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