Work under way on Middle East's biggest mall as Nakheel inks contract to build Deira Mall

New destination at Dubai's Deira Islands adds another dimension to shopping, dining and entertainment.

  
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Dubai: Master developer Nakheel today officially signed a contract for the construction of Deira Mall, its new shopping, dining and entertainment destination with a total development value of AED6.1 billion – and the biggest mall in the Middle East.

Nakheel confirmed that [UNEC] United Engineering Construction will build the mall, the UAE’s largest in terms of leasable space, under a contract worth AED4.2 billion – one of Dubai’s highest-value construction contracts awarded for a single project of late. Construction will begin in Q1 this year, with completion in 2021.

Deira Mall, part of Nakheel Malls’ AED16 billion expansion that will take its total retail space to over 17 million sq ft, will have more than 1,000 shops, cafes, restaurants and entertainment outlets across 4.5 million square feet of leasable space, and a 3.8 million sq ft multi-storey car park with 8,400 parking bays.

The mall’s star attraction, a state-of-the-art, retractable glass roof will bring natural light into the complex and allow for open-air shopping during cooler months.  

Nakheel Chairman, Ali Rashid Lootah, said: “Nakheel’s existing and upcoming developments are playing a vital role in delivering the Government of Dubai’s vision. Deira Mall combines cutting edge design, world-class facilities and a stunning location to bring a new dimension to Dubai’s retail sector. With its top-flight shopping, dining and entertainment offering, the mall will provide endless attractions for residents of Deira Islands, the wider UAE community and the millions of tourists who visit Dubai each year.”

Deira Mall will be the centrepiece of Deira Central, Nakheel’s nine million sq ft mixed-use community at the heart of Deira Islands, containing 50 residential and hotel towers, retail, mosques and fitness facilities, all set in extensive parkland.

  Deira Mall is one of two large-scale retail destinations by Nakheel Malls at Deira Islands. The other, Deira Islands Night Souk, will be the world’s largest night market, with 5,300 shops and almost 100 quayside cafes and restaurants. Construction is in full swing, with the project due for completion later this year.

Nakheel is also building several hotels and resorts at Deira Islands, including an 800-room beachfront resort and waterpark through a joint venture with Spain’s RIU Hotels & Resorts, and a 600-room seafront resort under a partnership with Thailand’s Centara Hotels & Resorts. The company has also signed an MoU with Hilton to manage a 250-room hotel and 200 serviced apartments at Deira Islands under the DoubleTree brand. More hospitality deals are in the pipeline.

Spanning 15.3 sq km, Nakheel’s Deira Islands waterfront city is transforming the area traditionally known as ‘Old Dubai’ into a world-class retail, tourism, living and leisure hub. More than 250,000 people will live there when the project is complete. The four-island development, which is adding 40 km, including 21 km of beachfront, to Dubai’s coastline, is paving the way for hundreds of tourism, leisure and residential developments including hotels, resorts, serviced apartments, mixed-use buildings and waterside homes.

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Media contact: Rebecca Rees on +971 4375 9702 (Rebecca.rees@nakheel.com )

About Nakheel (www.nakheel.com)

Nakheel is one of the world’s leading developers and a major contributor to realising the vision of Dubai for the 21st century: to create a world class destination for living, business and tourism. Nakheel continues to deliver and enhance an iconic portfolio of innovative landmark projects in Dubai across the residential, retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Our master developments include Palm Jumeirah, The World, Deira Islands, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Village, Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Heights, The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Warsan Village, Dragon City, International City, Jebel Ali Gardens and Nad Al Sheba.  Together, these span more than 15,000 hectares and currently provide homes for over 270,000 people. Nakheel has more than 24,000 residential units under construction or in the pipeline.

Nakheel’s current and future retail project portfolio covers 17.3 million square feet of leasable space.  Developments include Ibn Battuta Mall, Dragon Mart 1 and 2, Golden Mile Galleria, Nakheel Mall, The Pointe, Deira Mall, Deira Islands Night Souk, Warsan Souk, Al Khail Avenue, The Circle Mall, Nad Al Sheba Mall and Discovery Gardens Mall, as well as major extensions to Dragon Mart (renamed Dragon City) and Ibn Battuta Mall.  The retail profile also includes several neighbourhood community centres, known as Nakheel Pavilions.

Our growing hospitality project portfolio comprises 17 hotels and serviced apartment developments with nearly 6,000 rooms and hotel apartments between them at various locations in Dubai, including Palm Jumeirah, Deira Islands, Ibn Battuta Mall, Jumeirah Village and Dragon City. Two are currently open and operational, with the rest at various stages of construction and development.

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