By Yamurai Zendera
Work started 6 months ago and is due to finish in January or February next year
UAE-based Khansaheb Civil Engineering L.L.C has said it is on course to complete work on the AED1 billion ($272 million) expansion of Dubai's Mall of Emirates early next year.
The building giant is erecting the steel structures as well as doing fit outs of all the new areas under a AED700 million ($190.5 million) contract with mall owner Majid Al Futtaim.
Plant manager Peter Grant told Construction Week: “The work started about six months ago and is due to finish in January/February next year. Our scope is supply, design and erection. The first phase is to put up the structural steel and the fit out of all the new areas.”
Phase two will see the mall expand by a gross leasable area of 25,000 square metres to include a new VOX Cinema, retail anchor stores as well as new lifestyle options, and a range of dining choices.
Scheduled for a phased completion, with elements unveiling by mid-2015, the Evolution 2015 initiative will see the launch of brands making their debut in the Middle East in an investment of more than AED1bn ($272 million), the company said in a statement.For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.