UK consultant Mace has won a contract to project manage a $1bn entertainment, dining and shopping destination in Abu Dhabi.Â
The 2 million square foot Reem Mall, which is currently at the design stage, will house 450 stores and 85 restaurants and bars.
The mall will be located on Al Reem Island, 600m off the coast of Abu Dhabi city. It will be part of a $30bn development project that will accommodate more than 200,000 people when completed.Â
The mall is being developed by Kuwaiti firm National Real Estate Company (NREC). Shane Eldstrom, NREC’s vice president for development, said: "Once completed, Reem Mall will become Abu Dhabi’s most exciting new retail, leisure, dining and entertainment destination.Â
"Working with a renowned delivery partner such as Mace will bring a new level of international expertise to our professional consultant team, and ensure that the delivery of the Reem Mall project adheres to the highest industry standards."Â
Nic Alford, Mace’s operations director, said: "Reem Mall is NREC’s largest and most ambitious project to date.Â Â
"We are delighted to be trusted by NREC to deliver Reem Mall, which will make a significant contribution to the development of Reem Island, a vital component in Abu Dhabi’s 2030 urban structure framework plan."Â
Construction on the mall will start this year and be completed by 2018.Â
A Mace consortium was recently awarded a contract to undertake all programme management services for the Jebel Ali development at the Dubai Trade Centre.
Photograph: Artist’s depiction of the Reem Mall (www.arabianbusiness.com)