Interiors of Emaar's 9.2ha Dubai Mall Zabeel expansion complete

Design giant BSBG says some tenants have started fitting out their spaces within the extension of the world's largest mall

Emaar is expanding Dubai Mall.
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Emaar is expanding Dubai Mall.

The interiors of Emaar Properties’ Dubai Mall Zabeel expansion – a project designed to further increase the size of Dubai Mall, the world’s largest mall – are complete, and some tenants have started fit-out operations at their respective spaces within the G+9 project that is located along Financial Centre Road, according to design giant Brewer Smith Brewer Group (BSBG).

In its Q2 construction update, BSBG said landscaping work was under way at street level for the Dubai Mall expansion project, and that the final stage of authority approvals were “coming to a close”.

BSBG is delivering construction supervision, design architect, engineering, executive architect, interior design, and lead consultant services for the project.

According to construction listings website ProTenders, Dubai Mall’s Zabeel extension will add 9.2ha of retail space to the world’s largest mall in Dubai, driving an additional 40% in foot traffic after the existing and new sections of Dubai Mall are connected by bridges, the largest of which is 200m long and 50m wide.

Typography and signage have creatively been used for the extension’s industrial-style interiors, BSBG said in its Q2 update, adding that the project includes cantilever ceiling features as well.

“The concrete effect flooring and the use of steel grates and grid elements in key areas such as elevator and escalator points reinforces the modern and almost mechanical aesthetic, which represents a huge departure from the adjacent mall styling,” the firm added.

This January, developer Emaar said it had adopted pre-assembled building elements for the construction of the Dubai Mall Zabeel expansion’s five link bridges.

More than 580 piles of varying diameters were used to buttress the new Dubai Mall bridges, which have a total decked area of 1.5ha. The longest of the five bridges measures 765m, with the others ranging between 120-590m.

The bridges feature spans that were constructed and pre-assembled in Al Quoz, said in January, adding that bridge span work was being implemented with the oversight of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Police.

Spans were erected over the piers to “accelerate the completion” of the project, with final steelwork connections to be made onsite.

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