Sharjah to build massive retail tower development

Construction work is due to start on the largest single building expansion project in the emirate

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By  Construction Week News Team Published  November 25, 2006

Work is set to start on the US $1.1 billion (AED4 billion) expansion of the Sahara Centre mall in Sharjah. The project will involve doubling the size of the existing centre and is expected to be the biggest single building project to be launched in the emirate over the next five years. And it will see the construction of seven new towers ranging in height from 27 to 33 floors, nearly 1.5 million m2 of new office space, 23 floors of parking and 27 floors of hotel suites. “This is a very significant investment by the owners of Al Nahda Real Estate and Trading, and reflects our commitment to the UAE and Sharjah in particular,” said Jean Pierre Nammour, managing director, Al Nahda Real Estate. “It will ensure that Sahara Centre will remain one of the leading malls in the UAE offering a complete shopping and entertainment experience. The project includes expanding the ground, first and second floors of the mall by half a million square feet in order to meet the current demand for retail space in Sahara Centre,” he said. Above the mall will be a hotel tower offering 258 serviced suites and three new residential towers with more than 1,000 apartments. Three new towers will be built as part of the development, including the West Gate Twin Towers and the North Gate Tower. The West Gate Twin Towers will have 14 floors for offices, 20 residential floors with 200 apartments, and a multi-storey car park of 1,000 parking spaces. The North Gate Tower, containing a further 220 apartments and a multi-storey car park for the mall, is planned opposite Sahara Centre. It will also include a new covered pedestrian bridge across the highway linking it to the mall.

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