UAE-based developer Nakheel has announced that construction of Nakheel Mall, the AED1.2bn ($326.7m) retail and entertainment destination on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, is now 85% complete, with fit out also in progress at the mall’s outlets.
The announcement comes after the removal of the 600-tonne tower crane from the construction site, indicating a major milestone in Nakheel Mall’s progress.
Nakheel said that all under and above ground floor and ceiling work has been completed, with interior works, such as granite and glass fixing, is on schedule.
A 25m high crystal dome, which forms centre piece of the mall, is also taking shape. The dome will straddle the mall’s Monorail station.
Crews have started fit out of the 60,000ft2, 15-theatre VOX Cinemas complex inside the mall, with more retailers set to commence fitting out soon.
Nakheel Mall, part of Nakheel Malls’ AED16bn ($4.3bn) expansion that will take its total retail space to over 17 million ft2, has 350 shops, restaurants and leisure attractions across five floors, plus three underground parking levels with 4,000 spaces.
It will also include two fountains, two waterfalls plunging 65ft into the mall and a fine dining roof plaza with views of the island, Arabian Gulf and Dubai skyline.
The mall will also be the access point for the 240m ascent to the public viewing deck at The Palm Tower, Nakheel’s 52-storey landmark hotel and residential building, also at an advanced stage of construction.
Other large-scale projects in Nakheel Malls’ portfolio include Deira Mall, which is touted be the largest mall in Middle East; Deira Islands Night Souk; Al Khail Avenue; The Circle Mall; Nad Al Sheba Mall; Warsan Souk; Discovery Gardens Mall apart from major expansions to Ibn Battuta Mall and Dragon Mart.
Currently, Nakheel Malls has 4.5 million ft2 of retail space in operation, with another 12.5 million ft2 in the pipeline.