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Doha Festival City IKEA store opens for business

EC Harris among construction team to deliver $82.4m project on budget

Doha Festival City is  due for completion in 2016
Doha Festival City is due for completion in 2016

The $82.4m IKEA store project in Doha Festival City, voted “Commercial Project of the Year" at the Qatar Construction Week Awards in September 2012”, is now complete and open for business.

Situated on the outskirts of Doha, the opening of the 32,000m² project marks the completion of the first phase of the Doha Festival City shopping mall site.

The project, which was completed in just over 12 months and on budget, was delivered by a team consisting of EC Harris as commercial managers, Al Futtaim Group Real Estate (AFGRE) as the development manager, MACE as project managers, QACC / Amana joint venture as contractors, BSBG as designers, and AEB as supervising engineers. for the project, which was completed in just over 12 months.

Derek Roy, project director on Doha Festival City and partner at EC Harris said, “IKEA is iconic in the retail landscape of Doha and we are pleased to have been part of such a high profile project. We look forward to working with BASREC on delivering the next phases of the development.”

Kareem Shamma, CEO, BASREC said: “The delivery of the IKEA store is a milestone in the Doha Festival City development. EC Harris's experience of delivering retail in the Middle East was invaluable in delivering the project on time and budget.”

Greg Douglas, development director at Al Futtaim Group Real Estate (AFGRE) added: “The success of this project can be attributed to the close working relationship between AFGRE, EC Harris, BASREC and the whole project team. Doha Festival City is a significant development for Doha and for the community.”

EC Harris has worked on over 836,000m² of retail space in the Middle East and brings a wealth of experience in delivering major shopping malls in the MENA region. Some of the projects the company has previously helped to deliver include the Mirdif City Centre development in Dubai, the Bloomingdales store in Dubai Mall and the Al Wahda shopping mall in Abu Dhabi.

Due for completion in 2016, Doha Festival City shopping mall will span almost 335,000m², with almost 270,000m² set aside for retail space. The development will feature a 66,000m² entertainment and leisure complex, a supermarket and other major international and local brand tenants as well as hotels and conference facilities.

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