CW In Focus | Construction of the world's largest sports mall in Dubai

Construction Week's video series explores how prefabrication is being used to build another world record in the UAE

The world’s largest sports mall is coming to Dubai, and when it opens, Sport Society – being developed by Viva City and constructed by UAE contracting giant Khansaheb – will offer an array of entertainment options for sports fans in the city.

Overall construction completion on the Mirdiff project is due at the end of 2019, and launch is planned for Q1 2020. Construction on the second of the three-floor project had started as of January.

Prefabrication is being deployed by Khansaheb to build Sport Society, which involves 60,000m3 of concrete and 8,165 tonnes (t) of steel across six floors – including the basements and the roof.

More than 16ha of casting moulds will be used to construct the roof, and prefabricated and pre-assembled mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) units are being used for the project.

Commenting on the project’s construction schedule in a Viva City statement this January, Khansaheb Civil Engineering’s group general manager and industry veteran, Steve Flint, said the contractor’s track record was “the deciding factor” that allowed it to win the project deal.

Viva City’s head of design, Edgar Bove, said the contractor’s “efficient operations” were ensuring that construction progresses to schedule.

Some visuals in this video are courtesy Sport Society and Viva City. This video is brought to you in association with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).

Construction Week In Focus is a twice-weekly bulletin of the Middle East's top news from the real estate development and contracting sectors. The series is hosted on Construction Week's YouTube channel, alongside weekly series published by its sister titles. The latter includes MEP Engineered by MEP Middle EastFM Live by facilities management Middle East, and Heavy Metal by PMV Middle East.

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