Second fire in six months at Mall of Qatar
One of the largest malls in in the country, due for December launch, the Mall of Qatar has experienced another fire, the second within six months.
Due for December launch, the under-construction Mall of Qatar (MoQ) has had another fire break out.
Described as a “small fire”, this is the second such incidence at MoQ in the past six months, reported Doha News.
While there were no injuries or damage, according to the shopping centre, in April a significantly larger blaze at the twice-delayed mall took hours for Civil Defence to extinguish.
During that blaze, 14,000 labourers and staff were safely evacuated and, according to MoQ, an investigation was underway.
With over 500 shops, including 100 food and beverage outlets, the opening of the mall has been pushed back twice already, first from August to October, then earlier this month, to a December launch.
The latest was to ensure more “key offerings and facilities” would be available, officials stated.
At the time, the mall officials added that the complex had obtained its building completion certificate, signalling that construction was finished.
However, it was not clear whether the necessary Civil Defence permits had been secured.
MoQ said in its most recent statement about the fire that the blaze occurred at a store undergoing fit-outs.
It added: “At Mall of Qatar, we have invested in the latest state-of-the-art fire control systems that worked perfectly.
“Moreover, our safety and security officers are highly trained to act promptly in emergency situations. On top of this, we follow global best practices when it comes to safety and emergency evacuation procedures.”