Dubai Festival City Mall is a landmark 2m sq. ft. urban retail development which is located at the centre of Dubai Festival City – now acknowledged to be one of the UAE’s most exciting retail, dining and leisure attractions.
Set on the historic Dubai Creek, Dubai Festival City Mall has undertaken a radical transformation that now offers over 400 world class retailers, 75 restaurants – many of which feature waterfront dining and excellent views of the mall’s new attraction ‘IMAGINE’.
Designing and supervising the MEP services for a significant expansion and interfacing with a large existing building which had to remain operational during the construction works has provided an exciting proposition for the team to demonstrate Black & White’s capabilities.
The multidiscipline team has provided site services for the duration of the project which is currently going through the final stages of completion. The continuity from the design office to the site enabled smooth transition, with a detailed appreciation of the project allowing carefully considered approaches and informed decisions when considering changes to the scope and additional work packages.
As to be expected the project has presented many challenges, such as the development of a strategy to maintain all the MEP and FLS services currently in use, ensuring no interruption to the day to day operation of the mall whilst it underwent the ambitious two phase expansion programme. The team has also had to manage simultaneous authority submissions, inspections and approvals to ensure programme was maintained, such as the opening of large landlord attractions and the trading requirements of key tenancies.
The project is due to be handed over at the end of the first quarter of 2017 and will be a further demonstration of Black & White’s successful design and management of retail developments.