By Staff writer
14,000 workers were evacuated on Saturday from site of Qatar's largest mall which is due to open later this year
Construction work has resumed at the Mall of Qatar, due to open later this year, after an accidental fire broke out at the site on Saturday.
Mowafaq Kharbat, project director of Urbacon Trading and Contracting, confirmed that 14,000 workers on site were evacuated, but added that work has now restarted.
Official authorities were informed, which led to the civil defence team, traffic department, Al Fazaa road police and the Lekhwiya internal security forces to deploy their teams.
The fire was put out and there were no casualties, he added in a statement.
“We are thankful that no one was harmed and our priority right now is to continue construction work and carry on with retail fit outs within the mall. We would like to express our gratitude to the authorities for their immediate and professional support to ensure the safety of everyone on the site and to contain the fire,” said Kharbat.
“UCC has a comprehensive operations risk plan that gets reviewed regularly and also implements stringent safety precautions on a daily basis, this was expertly put into action during this incident,” he added.
An investigation by authorities is ongoing and the cause of the fire is still unknown at this stage.
When complete, Mall of Qatar, will be the country’s largest mall, with over 500 stores, including over 100 food and beverage outlets and fine dining options.
It will offer visitors a wide selection of major international brands, a five-star luxury hotel, plus mall-wide live entertainment and the first professional live theatre in a mall in the world.