By Nick Ames
Concept designs were given the green light by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, allowing construction to start this year
Concept plans for the $1 billion Reem Mall in Abu Dhabi have been given the green light by local planners.
The upcoming entertainment, dining and shopping destination has taken a significant step forward after Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) granted its approval for the initial design.
Architect firms RTKL and Dewan are on board with the project which also involves retail specialists MSquared.
The Concept Planning Report (CPR) agreement paves the way for construction to commence this year.
The news comes after a masterplan for the island was recently approved.
Reem Mall is developed by the National Real Estate Company (NREC) in partnership with United Projects for Aviation Services Company (UPAC) and will consist of around 450 stores including 85 food and beverage outlets.
Shane Eldstrom, vice president for development, NREC, said: “The UPC approval represents a major milestone in the development of Reem Mall, allowing the project to move closer to the construction phase. Subject to all required permits, we look forward to breaking ground on site this year.”
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