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Dubai's Meydan One Mall notes 60% structural completion

The site is currently home to 37 cranes, with the project planned to open in Q1 2020

Meydan One Mall's structural works, now 60% complete, are being implemented by Italian contractor Salini Impreglio [image: Meydan One].
Meydan One Mall's structural works, now 60% complete, are being implemented by Italian contractor Salini Impreglio [image: Meydan One].

With 60% of its structural works now complete, Dubai’s luxury Meydan One Mall currently has 12,000 labourers working on site in preparation for its planned Q1 2020 opening, senior figures from the project team told Construction Week.

“We have a total of 12,000 workers on site – 8,000 in the morning, 4,000 at night,” said Hesham Gabr, senior resident engineer at AE7, the architectural firm behind the project, speaking during a site tour of the large-scale destination that is set to eventually house more than 580 retail stores, a retractable 160x100m skylight, and a 1.32ha hypermarket, among other features.

READ: Dubai Ruler launches Meydan One Mall

“This [workforce] figure is increasing,” he added. “They are working 24 hours, seven days a week. As the consultant, we have two shifts, morning and night – as does the contractor. Sixty percent of the structural work is now complete and we’re aiming for this to be finished within five to six months.

“At present, we have 37 cranes on site, with our labour force having completed 25 million working hours. We have [installed] 6,000 piles already and are casting approximately 20,000m2 of concrete per week. All the concrete work should be completed by June [2019] and finishing works should extend for another nine months after that.”

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, oversaw the project's groundbreaking at a ceremony in March 2017. It is being built in three phases, as Erik Hokanson, design director at AE7 also told Construction Week during the tour on 11 December, 2018.

READ: Salini Impregilo wins $435m Meydan mall contract

Salini Impreglio signed the $435m (AED1.6bn) Phase 1 contract for the project, part of Meydan Group, in March 2017. In September last year, the Italian contractor secured a $300m (AED1.1bn) loan to carry out project works from Italy’s National Promotional Institution, dubbed CGP Group.

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