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Construction work starts on Abu Dhabi's $1bn Reem Mall

Mega mall including 450 shops and world's largest indoor snow play attraction is set to open in 2018

Construction work starts on Abu Dhabi's $1bn Reem Mall

Construction work has officially started at Abu Dhabi's $1 billion Reem Mall project after senior officials broke ground on the 6.1 million sq ft retail development.

Once completed, Reem Mall will be home to the world's biggest indoor snow play attraction and is set to include 450 stores including 85 food and beverage outlets.

With construction now underway, the mall is expected to open in 2018 on Reem Island which, according to Abu Dhabi's Urban Planning Council, will eventually be home to more than 210,000 people.

"Reem Mall is one of the biggest and most significant leisure and retail developments ever undertaken in Abu Dhabi, and it is a very proud day for all involved in this remarkable project," said Faisal Sultan, chairman of NREC, one of the companies behind the mall.

"Over the past 18 months, we have built incredibly strong momentum for the project and this is set to continue as we enter this new phase of development."

Nadia Akil, CEO, UPAC which is investing up to $224 million in the project, added: "Reem Mall is the most exciting and significant project that UPAC has been involved with and we are delighted to officially mark the beginning of construction with NREC today.

"We have seen Reem Mall continue to go from strength to strength and look forward to working closely with our delivery partners and expert consultant team to make this project a reality over the next three years."

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