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ALEC wins Dubai Festival City Mall extension deal

Phase two of the works includes providing space for more fashion and lifestyle brands

Dubai Festival City Mall.
Dubai Festival City Mall.

Al Jaber L. E. G. T. Engineering & Contracting (ALEC) has been awarded the main construction contract for the extension of the Dubai Festival City Mall (Salsa 2 Dubai Festival City).

Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate (AFGRE), the real estate development and operations arm of Al-Futtaim group, has launched phase two of its expansion allowing space for more fashion and lifestyle brands.

The move is part of a large-scale redevelopment plan which includes reforming the mall's exterior and adding more retail brands.

The project, which encompasses a total area of 73,500m2 including demolition works and is due to complete in 16 months, will deliver an enlarged Festival Square connecting with the waterfront dining locations.

The first phase of the two-phase refurbishment program began in January. It included repainting work, removal of certain kiosks and the addition of shopping space for retailers like Landmark group to setup in the mall.

"Dubai Festival City Mall provides families, residents and tourists with the most appealing shopping, leisure and dining options. Responding to the wants and needs of our guests and retailers underpins all that we do," said Murray Bell, managing director, AFGRE.

Dubai Festival City is formed into three distinct districts and connected by a 30km internal road network and creek side promenade. Upon completion, 50,000 residents living will live in 20,000 villas, townhouses and apartments and 50,000 office personnel will work in the area.

The two current flagship mixed use urban communities under the Festival City brand are Dubai Festival City (5.2mn m2) and Cairo Festival City (3mn m2), with ALEC's Doha Festival City adding to the flagship on completion in 2016. 

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