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United Engineering awarded construction contract for Deira Mall

Master developer Nakheel has awarded a Dh 4.2 billion construction contract to United Engineering Construction LLC to build Deira Mall. The mall, with 4 million square feet of leasable area, will be the biggest in Dubai in terms of retail space. 

Construction of the mall, with a total investment of Dh 6.1 billion, will begin in Q3 this year and is expected to be complete in 2020.

Equipped with a 3.8 million square feet multi-storey car park, Deira Mall­ will feature over 1,000 shops, cafes, restaurants and entertainment outlets across three floors. The state-of-the art development will boast a retractable roof, bringing natural light into the complex and allow open air shopping in cooler months.

Vibro-compaction work on the mall is under way, at the heart of Deira Islands, Nakheel’s new, 15.3 square kilometre waterfront city that is part of Dubai’s 2021 vision. The four-island development, which will transform the area traditionally known as ‘Old Dubai’ into a world-class retail, tourism, living and leisure hub, will be home to more than 250,000 people when complete.

Deira Mall will be the centrepiece of the Deira Boulevard, a new Dh 5 billion community with 16 residential towers, nearly 3,000 apartments and extensive retail, restaurant and recreation space. Together, Deira Mall and Boulevard will have 4.5 million sq ft of retail space.

A construction tender for Deira Boulevard was released in January this year.

Deira Mall is one of two large-scale retail projects by Nakheel Malls at Deira Islands. The other, Deira Islands Night Souk, is set to become the world’s largest night market, with 5,300 shops and almost 100 quayside cafes and restaurants. Construction is on in full swing, with the project due for completion in 2018. All units at the Night Souk have been fully leased out.

Deira Islands will add 40km, including 21km of beachfront to Dubai’s coastline, and pave the way for tourism, leisure and residential developments including hotels, resorts, serviced apartments, mixed-use buildings and waterside homes.

Nakheel has signed joint venture partnership with Spain’s RIU Hotels & Resorts and Thailand’s Centara Hotels and Resorts to create two beachfront resorts at the Deira islands, with more hotel deals on the way.