City of Arabia phase 1 'ready by end of 2010'

Project chiefs say construction work on schedule at $5bn mixed use Dubai development.
City of Arabia phase 1 'ready by end of 2010'
MEGA PROJECT: The $5 billion City of Arabia development in Dubai.
By Andy Sambidge
Tue 07 Apr 2009 06:45 AM

The first phase of the $5 billion City of Arabia retail, residential, commercial and entertainment development will open by the end of 2010, project chiefs have pledged.

With round-the-clock construction work entering a new phase, City of Arabia owners, the Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group , commissioned a new range of artist's impressions have announced a phased opening starting towards the end of 2010.

The opening will begin with Mall of Arabia, one of the world's largest shopping destinations, which will have a gross leasable area (GLA) of 10 million sq ft over two phases.

With workers onsite casting about 60 pile caps per week on the 20 million sq ft site in Dubai, owners said the mall was rapidly taking shape.

Construction work is also progressing on Wadi Walk, City of Arabia's waterfront community which includes apartments, outdoor cafes and retail outlets set beside an eight kilometre canal.

And building work has now commenced on I&M Tower, Metro Tower and Wadi Tower, the first three of the high-rise commercial and residential buildings.

Mall of Arabia will offer more than 1,400 diverse retail outlets, and the first phase is already 89 percent contracted and reserved, bosses added.

It will also feature a rooftop hotel, waterfront alfresco dining and entertainment for all the family, as well as Restless Planet theme park and earth science museum.

Mustafa Galadari, the Group's vice chairman and managing director, Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group said: "Construction work is continuing to go full steam ahead, and major visible progress is now particularly evident at Mall of Arabia, which is a very exciting development in its own right."

City of Arabia, which will become home for 40,000 people, will be a self-contained urban community, with business and administrative offices, schools and clinics, supported by luxury apartments, shops, galleries, restaurants and attractions.

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