August deadline for Lulu's $272m Dubai mall bids

Construction companies have reportedly been invited to submit their bids for the 21.5ha development by the end of August

Avenues Mall will be ready in time for Expo 2020 Dubai [image: lulugroupinternational.com].
Avenues Mall will be ready in time for Expo 2020 Dubai [image: lulugroupinternational.com].

The tender to build Lulu Group's $272m (AED1bn) Avenues Mall in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) will close on 27 August, 2017, it has been revealed.

Citing local daily Al Bayan, ar.constructionweekonline.com reported that construction companies have been invited to submit their bids by the August deadline. 

READ: Lulu to build $272m mall in 30 months

Adnan Saffarini Consultants is currently working on the 21.5ha project, with a foundations contractor also present on site, according to Al Bayan's report, which cited MEED. 

The project, due to be completed within 30 months, was launched this April, with officials laying its foundation stone in DSO. 

Commenting on the project, Yusuff Ali MA, chairman and managing director of Lulu Group International, said the development would be ready "just in time for the launch" of Expo 2020 Dubai. 

He continued: "Silicon Mall is our most ambitious project in the UAE to date, and we intend to make it the most interesting and exciting mall in Dubai." 

The mall is designed to feature a "futuristic façade that is set to serve as its unique value proposition", it was revealed. 

READ: UAE's Lulu Group to build three malls

Corridors will be sky-lit to allow natural light-harvesting on all floors of the mall, which will also offer covered parking for up to 3,000 cars across two levels. 

More than 300 international and local brands will be included as retailers in the mall, with 12 anchor stores – including a two-level Lulu Hypermarket and Department Store – also planned for development. 

A 70,000 sqf Family Entertainment Centre area will be developed alongside more than 50 food and beverage outlets, Dubai Media Office reported.

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