The new regional super-mall to be constructed on Al Reem Island close to the heart of Abu Dhabi will be a major retail and entertainment destination for the city.
Planned are more than 450 stores, 85 restaurants, cinemas, leisure facilities and family entertainment complexes such as a snow park — plus one of the largest hypermarket spaces in the region.
Overall, more than 190,000 sq m of retail space and associated parking will be housed on three levels, two of which are basement storeys. Parking, services installations, storage and goods access are focused on the lower levels. WME has delivered civil, structural and building services engineering for the concept design, and the project is aimed at completion in 2019.
Amongst the engineering challenges were a new requirement for tunnel access to the car park across existing utility easements, structural solutions to deliver flexible open plan areas with long span roofs and exposed steelwork, and ensuring operator utility needs were met from the site’s available resources allocations.