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Old August 15th, 2009, 09:06 PM   #1
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#COMPLETED: AL GHURAIR CITY SHOPPING CENTRE EXPANASION, 19F Hotel + 19F Res (Deira)

Al Ghurair City Shopping Centre Expansion

Client: Al Ghurair Centre
Location: Dubai
Start: October 2007
Finish: December 2009
Contract Type: Construct only
Value: A$506 million, Leighton International's share is A$228 million (at 31 December 2008)



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Leighton International, through its 45%-owned associate Al Habtoor Engineering, has been awarded a contract by the Al Ghurair Centre for the expansion of the Al Ghurair City shopping centre in Dubai.

Opened in 1981, Al Ghurair was the first shoppping mall to be built in the Middle East and is now among the top five destinations visited in Dubai. Convention Centre will cater for JAFZA's contineous business growth, and as the Middle East's international business hub.

Located on the Riqqa Road in the heartof Deira, the new 218,000 square metres expansion will add three retail levels and two 20-storey towers to the mall - one of which will house a hotel while the other is a residential building. The expansion will also include three levels of underground parking.

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Old August 16th, 2009, 01:57 PM   #2
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so the title should be:

#PROJECT:AL GHURAIR CITY SHOPPING CENTRE EXPANASION, 3F Mall, 20F Res, 20F Hotel

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Old September 1st, 2009, 03:36 PM   #3
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Inside the complex

A view on top of the future mall area, taken in the direction of the sea:



The construction at the right will be the tall tower:



The photos were taken in early August.
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 08:05 PM   #4
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Finish December 2009??

I don't think so!
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Old September 11th, 2009, 09:09 PM   #5
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Old April 4th, 2010, 10:43 PM   #6
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Old April 10th, 2010, 02:00 PM   #7
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Old April 29th, 2010, 03:05 PM   #8
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Old May 4th, 2010, 02:15 PM   #9
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Al Ghurair City expansion ‘a no-brainer’ for Dubai

Al Ghurair City, one of the oldest shopping centres in Dubai, will unveil its 12,540 square metre extension as early as next March, the group says.

The expansion of the mall, located in the heart of Deira, will add about 150 shops to its existing 200 outlets, and boost its size to 79,000 sq metres, said Shane Eldstrom, the senior manager for retail leasing at Al Ghurair City.

Construction on the new wing of the mixed-use development began in 2007 and is expected to be completed between next March and September, Mr Eldstrom said.

“It’s just such a no-brainer given the busy roads in front of the project,” Mr Eldstrom said on the sidelines of ReCon, the retail property conference in Dubai. “I think ever since they built the original one they wanted to add on to it, given the amount of traffic that is in that neighbourhood.”

Al Ghurair was one of the first shopping centres in the Middle East, said Mr Eldstrom, and opened before Dubai became a global retail centre.

Since then, Dubai has had a shopping centre building boom, with the addition of developments such as Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall.

But with all the new retail space comes steep competition, especially as UAE consumers have become more cautious with their spending.

David Macadam, the regional director of retail for Jones Lang LaSalle in the MENA region, said Al Ghurair City continued to be successful but with the recent addition of new retail space, such as the recently opened Mirdif City Centre, it would be difficult to bring in tenants and shoppers. “There is going to be increased pressure for attracting retailers, and attracting the demographics you need to shop,” Mr Macadam said.

Mr Eldstrom estimates there are 250,000 people living in Deira and about 750,000 people in the catchment area. The average household income in the primary trade area is about Dh184,904 and Dh51,359 of that is disposable income, according to research conducted by GRMC consultancy.

Michael Davidson, the chief operating officer of Al Ghurair City, said the demand would come mainly from the residents in the surrounding area, and from the new offices and five-star hotel that are also part of the new wing.

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Old August 15th, 2010, 09:07 AM   #10
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Al Ghurair City to roll out AED2bn expansion by year-end

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17 February 2011



Middle East shopping, Middle East retail, GCC retail

Al Ghurair City, one of Dubai’s oldest shopping malls, is on track to roll out its AED$2bn ($55.4m) expansion by the end of the year, its marketing manager has said.
The new wing will add about 150 retail outlets to the mall’s existing 200 shops and bolster its size by more than 12,000 sq m, Joe Abi Khali told Arabian Business.
“The formula that works is known in the markets, it’s just that it’s in bigger proportions. We’ll have a more diverse offering,” he said.
The Deira-based mall is in talks with a number of international brands to lease retail space, Khali said. He declined to name the companies, but said they represented the mall’s shift towards “younger, hipper brands,” aimed at attracting the mid-market consumer.

“With the expansion of 150 new shops, we have the opportunity to have more brands of different categories. The diversity would be stronger, and of course, having 350 shops is different to having 200 shops, hence we expect our gravity to increase,” he said.
The majority of Al Ghurair’s traffic currently comes from residents and workers in the surrounding areas, with 40 percent of all footfall generated from pedestrian walk-ins.
Launched in 1981, Al Ghurair was one of the first shopping malls in the region. Dubai has since been at the heart of a Gulf-wide shopping centre building boom, with the addition of mega-malls such as Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates.

In December, Colliers International warned the emirate would face a massive oversupply of retail space by 2013 if developers continued to build malls in a saturated market.
Leasable space is set to soar by 30 percent over the next two years, which could leave landlords struggling to attract and retain retail tenants.
Al Ghurair also plans to unveil a 428-room luxury hotel as part of its new wing, and is in negotiations with an international hotel brand to sign an operating deal for the property.
The project currently operates 343 serviced apartments in its residential sector above the mall, as well as a dedicated health clubs, play areas and landscaped gardens.

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Old March 14th, 2011, 11:40 AM   #12
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Some pictures of the mall.... You cannot see the extension, but it does look good!

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looks like a prision..
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looks like a prision..
That place, in the courtyard in the middle, has the coolest (community) swimming pool ever.
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Old March 21st, 2011, 12:32 PM   #16
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Update taken from another thread.....

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Mods, can we please update the thread title to:
#PROJECT: AL GHURAIR CITY SHOPPING CENTRE EXPANSION - G+18 HOTEL, G+18 RES
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That place, in the courtyard in the middle, has the coolest (community) swimming pool ever.

Correct!

The pool / community club facilities are pretty amazing!









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I really do wonder how they got permission to build so high there!
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