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UAE: Manar expansion to use Gyproc cement board

Gyproc's Aquaroc fibre cement board has been chosen for semi-exposed and specialist lining applications at the $63m extension of Ras Al Khaimah’s Manar Mall

The expansion will add 30,000m2 of retail space to Manar Mall [Image: Gyproc].
The expansion will add 30,000m2 of retail space to Manar Mall [Image: Gyproc].

Gyproc has announced that its Aquaroc fibre cement board has been chosen for semi-exposed and specialist lining applications at the $63m (AED231.4m) extension of Ras Al Khaimah’s Manar Mall.

According to the company, the product was chosen against stiff competition for the refurbishment and expansion of the shopping and leisure destination, which will see a complete second storey added to the centre.

Aquaroc board is an asbestos-free, high-density board, reinforced with cellulose fibre. Gyproc said that it has been developed to combine high mechanical strength with excellent water resistance.

The product will be used throughout the centre to provide a robust and maintenance-free lining for semi-exposed soffits, and for internal and semi-exposed tiled areas.

Gyproc noted that while technical performance was the primary requirement, Aquaroc was chosen in consideration of the customised technical support the company offers for extreme applications, such as walls reaching heights of 17.5 m.

Valued at almost $273,000 (AED1m), the board is being installed by Dubai-based fit-out specialist, Deco Serve Technical, on behalf of the project’s main contractor, Sun Engineering & Contracting.

The decision to use Aquaroc follows earlier news that Gyproc single- and double-layered partitions and other high-performance systems have been selected to meet standards of fire safety and acoustic separation between retail units and leisure spaces, restaurants, and other facilities, which form part of the expansion project.

Due to be completed later this year, the expansion will double the centre's existing area and will add 30,000m2 of prime retail space, complete with a waterfront retail promenade and a new entertainment complex.

The mall expansion is expected to open up business opportunities for the area, as well as provide a significant boost for the emirate's tourism industry.

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