Oasis to be up by 2007

Shopping mall set to be rebuilt after fire

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By  Zoe Naylor Published  October 1, 2005

Dubai’s Oasis Centre will be rebuilt by 2007, after a fire burnt out the shopping mall earlier this month. Vipen Sethi, group director of finance, Landmark Group, said he expected the Oasis Centre to be rebuilt “in 15 to 18 months”. “It needs a lot of work. We are waiting for the Civil Defence to finish its analysis, but it should be back and redeveloped,” Sethi was quoted as saying. Sethi said Landmark civil engineers are assessing the integrity of the building to find out whether the structure can be salvaged. According to a Dubai police technical report, the Oasis fire on 11th September was caused by negligence. Twelve site workers were arrested following the blaze, that caused estimated losses of around US $81 million (AED300 million). Sethi also revealed the Landmark Group is set to open a 13 000 m2 store in the Mall of the Emirates, close to the former Oasis Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road. The store is expected to be the second-largest in the mega mall, which opened its doors earlier this week.

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