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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is currently constructing 3 star Holiday Inn Dhaka and 5 star InterContinental Dhaka respectively. Currently under construction, Holiday Inn Dhaka is scheduled to be launched early 2006 and InterContinental Dhaka will be opened mid 2006. Both properties are new build and are located in the geographic heart of the city. Holiday Inn will have a majestic shopping arcade with it.

The Airport Hotel Shopping Arcade promises one of the most rewarding customer environments currently unavailable in Dhaka. The Arcade is poised to host both local and international brands intertwined with various other retail outlets. All essential features of present-day aesthetic and architectural modes in vogue today are incorporated in the Arcade design, with a physical structure designed to provide maximum ease and comfort. The architectural concept has been executed so luxuriantly yet efficiently that it incorporates only 39 percent of total space for shops. The remaining floor space is shared among safety facilities, rest rooms and in creating visual and cultural impacts, in ideal proportions at each of the 7 floors. This is the only shopping mall in Dhaka that offers an adequate number of fire-stairs, sprinklers, and fire-fighting facilities, conforming to international standards. In addition, the Arcade boasts loading docks for retailers to facilitate transportation of goods along with separate lifts to carry goods. Each shop is located in such a manner that all shops are equally visible from every major circulation node of the mall.

Aesthetic implication of the design

The highly functional design of the Arcade is a fusion of contemporary aesthetic diction and the traditional cultural ambience of our country; Abohoman Bangla. The overall design provides for the best ease-of-use systems possible in a consumer-friendly environment. The entire complex, including the 5-Star and 3-Star hotels and the access to and from the airport hotel, is extremely well-designed, providing an entirely new and versatile international environment to the Arcade. The surrounding landscaping and easy access to the 1200 car parking space ensures maximum comfort and easy movement of traffic with a separate link-road off the highway. Overall, a modern architectural design blends national and international elements and incorporates national motifs in a world class structure.

Special features

-Open air entrance car park and a separate 1200-car covered car park.
-Internal short term ground-floor parking for 150 cars.
-Wide internal roads for easy vehicular movement.
-Separate drop-off and pick-up facilities for cinema and entertainment floor with direct access to ground floor car park.
-Integral part of Holiday Inn Dhaka.
-Adjacent to 5-star Intercontinental Dhaka (on the same premises).
-Conveniently located drop-off and pick-up points.
-Spacious lobby at the entrance with integrated support service and information centre.
-Space for shops and space for utilities, leisure and circulation proportionately distributed according to the best international standards.
-A centrally located separate area on each floor for display of products and sales promotions.
-Seating areas for shoppers on each floor at convenient locations.
-A versatile shopping ambience with 9 lift including 3 capsule lifts, 4 pairs of escalators,
-8 fire stairs and 3 extra large service lifts for goods.
-Separate lifts for shoppers and transportation of goods.
-Toilets for ladies and gents at two separate locations on each floor.
-Food courts and restaurants on the entertainment floor.
-Coffee shops and fast food outlets on all floors.
I-ntegrated, well coordinated management system for car parking, information, lost and found, safety and security services.
-Located at the gateway to the country with the international airport in the ambience of an international hotel.
-Advanced security and safety systems, including auto-activating fire sprinklers.
-Fire stairway within 75 meters from any point on each floor.
-Wide reception area with information centre.
-Uniform and integrated internal signage and decor to ensure the highest standards of look and functionality.
-Close circuit surveillance managed by trained surveillance crew.
-Arrangements for prayers at convenient locations.
-Central air-conditioning with uninterrupted power supply arrangements.
-Uninterrupted power supply for air-conditioning and lighting.


The site of the shopping arcade is adjacent to the Zia International Airport on the Dhaka-Tongi highway, which connects the entire northern area of the country with the capital. The location is, at the moment, at the geographical center of the city which is invariably expanding towards the north-east beyond Tongi. The complex is well projected into the near future providing an international ambience with world class facilities at affordable prices.

The Shopping Arcade sits neatly on an area of more than 6 acres as an integral part of the 3-Star Holiday Inn Hotel, extending towards the east and merging into another 8.32 acres of the 5-Star Intercontinental. With the Mohakhali and Kamalapur-Shajahanpur flyover as well as Savar-Ashulia connecting road, the location will provide even better accessibility to customers from beyond Uttara-Baridhara-Gulshan to Dhanmondi, Mirpur, Pallabi, Savar towards the north-south parts and from the older parts of the city in the south. The location is also the gateway to the northern part of the country including the adjacent districts of Gazipur, Tangail, Sirajgonj, Jamalpur, Mymensingh, Sherpur and Netrokona, most of the area being only a two to three hours’ drive away. The project is situated at the gateway of the capital beckoning the customers to a unique international shopping and entertainment experience.

once you are at the website, look at the top left corner of the screen, gives you a virtual tour of the complex.

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Fortune Shopping Mall

Circulatory passage :
16 feet wide driveway is provided in front of the FORTUNE SHOPPING MALL to avoid traffic congestion. It will attract the desired traffic from the mainstream into the site area and thus will reduce the extra hazards of the shoppers.

Vehicular traffic :
The whole traffic system in the car parking levels of FORTUNE SHOPPING MALL will be managed through a centrally located computer cell. The number and location of vacant parking spaces in 3 basement levels shall be indicated by computer so that the drivers can easily locate the desired parking spaces. Adequate number of CCTV will be installed in the parking areas to ensure full time security and monitoring.

Security system :
Security system incorporates passive sensors, CCTV, card punch system & key box locking system (where necessary) and other advanced components.

Power supply :
FORTUNE SHOPPING MALL will have own generators for emergency power supply, for minimum functional requirements.

Central Air Conditioning :
Central air-conditioning system will be provided. Individual shops will be provided with chilled air outlets. Building Automation System (BMS) will be used to avoid wastage of energy in air conditioning.

Telecommunication :
All shops of FORTUNE SHOPPING MALL will enjoy the facility of central PABX system in addition to their own T&T lines. Computerized billing system will take care of bills.

Advertisement :
FORTUNE SHOPPING MALL may have its own giant screen (LCD panel) to show the commercials of the products. Shop owners and brand companies can easily reach their prospective clients through the LCD panel, at the advertisers’ cost

Fire and Safety :
The whole complex will be equipped with most modern fire detection system and will be supplemented with fire hydrants in each floor. The fire exit is designed in such a way to allow users to evacuate without crossing the lift lobby. The fire exit area is protected manifold by means of fire rated doors.


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Elevated expressway work
begins next year


The government will begin the construction of the elevated expressway in the Dhaka city early next year to speed up traffic and reduce congestion.
The 20-kilometre expressway, to be built in two phases, will take six years to complete, said the minister for communications, Nazmul Huda, after a meeting with a six-member technical team from Thailand, led by the Export-Import Bank president, Sataporn Jinachitra, on Monday.
The prime ministers of Bangladesh and Thailand are expected to lay the foundation of the expressway, which will be built at a cost of $321 million with the assistance of the Thai government.
The Thai government-owned Export-Import Bank is likely to provide around 60 per cent of the total cost of the expressway as soft loan, said Huda.
‘The Thai government will provide 20 per cent of the cost as grant and the Bangladesh government will provide the remaining 20 per cent,’ the minister told New Age.
The first phase, around 13 kilometres of expressway with a four-lane viaduct over the existing roads, will be constructed at a cost of around $203 million, Huda told newsmen after the meeting.
Users’ tolls will be collected at toll booths at some locations, and it is estimated that Tk 30 crore can be collected as toll revenue.
A project concept paper has been submitted to the Planning Commission for the revised route from Kemal Ataturk Avenue to the Mohakhali flyover to the Sonargaon crossing to New Market to Katabon to Phulbaria to Gulistan (Golpashah Majar) to the second Buriganga bridge for the first phase.
The expressway will have exit points at Golapshah Mazar, Nilkhet, New Market and the Sonargaon crossing, said an officer.
The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed in three years from the beginning of construction, said a ministry official.
He said the second phase is the construction of a seven-kilometre expressway from Kemal Ataturk Avenue to Pragati Sarani at an estimated cost of $118 million. It is also expected to take three years to complete, said the official.
The task force of Bangladesh will try to fix the repayment period of the 60 per cent soft loan within 20 years at a meeting with the Thai delegation on Tuesday.
The six-member Thai delegation on Monday met the communications minister to discuss financial and technical support for constructing the elevated expressway.
The delegates include the president of Thai Exim Bank, Sataporn Jinachitra, deputy director general of the Department of South Asia, Middle East and African Affairs of the ministry of foreign affairs, assistant manager of the International Project Division of the bank, Krisada Nutalaya, counsellor of the Department of South Asia, Middle East and African Affairs, Arunrung Phothong, senior economist of the Bureau of Financial System Policy of the Thai finance ministry and economist of the Bureau of International and Microeconomic Policy of the finance ministry.
The Thai delegation will discuss certain issues with the officials of the Roads and Highways Department.
The decision of constructing the expressway to ease traffic congestion was made during Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s visit to Dhaka in August 2002.
The issue was also discussed during the return visit of the Bangladesh prime minister, Khaleda Zia, to Thailand in 2004.

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Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover close to a reality
Kausar Islam Ayon

The design for the long-awaited Moghbazar-Mouchak flyover was finalised last week with construction expected to cost some Tk 430crore. Work could start by January 2006, said project officials.

The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), which funded the expenditure for feasibility study and design, would finance the entire project also.

"We will send the design to the Kuwait government this week. All the procedures for starting the construction work may begin once they have approved the design," said Haider Ali, project director of the flyover.

The flyover will be 6.1 kilometres long with two levels having eight lanes each. Initially the plan was to construct a 2.1kilometre flyover.

"We preferred the two levels for the flyover as that can cover more areas including Satrasta and Rampura, the two busy level crossings at Mouchak and Moghbazar and the crowded intersections there. The aim is to make the entire area free of traffic congestion," said the project director.

He however admitted that it would be difficult to create alternative roads for the traffic during construction as the existing roads around the proposed flyover site are narrow and the volume of the traffic very high. The flyover could take 36 months to be completed.

"We are planning to keep the different segments of the flyover at a distance from the main roads. We will fix them only at night," said the project director.

The flyover will start from the Satrasta end infront of BG Press and will stretch up to Syed Nazrul Islam Avenue over the Moghbazar intersection. Four lanes would take a left turn at Moghbazar and would go straight up to Wareless intersection.

From the Kakrail point, the flyover would start in front of the Karnaphuli Market and run up to the Malibagh intersection before taking a left turn to Mouchak intersection where four lanes would head to Moghbazar intersection and another four going towards Rampura taking a right turn. At Moghbazar this stretch of the flyover one end would meet the surface road at New Eskaton.

"The flyover on the way to Satrasta from Syed Nazrul Islam Avenue two lanes would descend infront of the BFDC by turning left," said Haider Ali.

Project officials informed that there would be two electronic traffic signal posts on the flyover at Mouchak and Malibagh intersections.

"The signals will be maintained in a way so that the vehicles only have to stop at one signal at a time," said Robert E. Rickman, team leader for feasibility study, design and documents.

"We have seen in our research that much fuel is wasted in these areas only due to traffic jams. The amount is more the Tk. 100 crore per year. So we believe that in five years, some Tk.500 crore worth of fuel could be saved through this flyover," said the team leader of the project.

The government took the initiative to construct this flyover two years ago. The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) is in charge of implementing the project.

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Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover construction to start in July
Speakers say at agreement signing ceremony
City Correspondent

The proposed 7.5km Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover will not only ease traffic congestion in the area but improve communication network with the eastern districts as well, speakers at the agreement signing ceremony of the flyover at Nagar Bhaban commented yesterday.

An agreement was signed between Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and Belhasa-Accom and Associates Ltd, a UAE-Canada-India joint venture for the construction of country's longest flyover stretching from Shanir Akhra to Gulistan at the cost of Tk 706 crore that will start in July.

"Dhaka's communication network with Comilla, Chittagong, Sylhet, Noakhali and Chandpur will improve when the flyover will be opened to traffic," said DCC Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka who signed the contract for DCC with M Obaidul Karim, chairman, Belhasa- Accom.

Bangladeshi Orion, UAE's Belhasa and Indian Accom will complete the project within 30 to 36 months alternately connecting Jatrabari with Gulistan on Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis. The preliminary work for the flyover has already started.

"The survey for constructing the flyover started a week back by an Indian and Canadian team. We will also conduct soil test under the supervision of BUET and the foundation work will start in July," Belhasa-Accom's chairman told Star City.

Present at the agreement signing ceremony were Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas and State Minister for Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Quamrul Islam.

One of the speakers said that the flyover would be constructed at one of the densely congested areas in the city. The flyover would not only reduce traffic congestion but also allow the government to generate economic benefits, the speaker added.

The flyover will have 13 ramps and six entrances with four lanes on either side. Starting from the junction of Nawabpur and Shaheed Fazle Rabbi Road, the alignment follows Shaheed Fazle Rabbi Road keeping Gulistan garden, Bangabhaban and Rajdhani market on the left to intersect with the Hatkhola Road at Tikatuli.

"The 13 ramps will be provided at various locations for smooth flow of traffic as they will be inter-connected. Among those, six ramps will be allocated for entry into the flyover at six different locations," said Project Director Ashiqur Rahman.

The flyover is will be a paid ride for city commuters. To ply along the flyover, a motorcycle will have to pay Tk 5, CNG-run autorickshaw Tk 10, car Tk 35, jeep Tk 40, microbus Tk 50, minibus Tk 100 and trailer Tk 200.

As per the agreement, the toll rates for the vehicles will be revised every three years, according to the change in the inflation rate. The contractor of the flyover will own and operate the flyover for 24 years and thereon the DCC will take control. The DCC will get five percent of the profit from the flyover income without any financial investment.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on March 19 approved the Jatrabari flyover project which had been tabled by the DCC and the local government ministry to the cabinet committee more than two years ago.

Another model of the flyover below:

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'City Centre will be Dhaka’s icon’

The 37-storey City Centre, now under construction in the downtown Dhaka, which will have 10 storeys of parking space, will help to mitigate the persistent traffic congestion in the Dhaka city.
Salman Obaidul Karim, director of the Orion Group, which owns Accom Engineering, and the local partner of the builders Belhasa Accom, the Bangladesh-United Arab Emirates joint venture, said this is a unique project. ‘It will set an example that serving the citizens and doing business can go hand in hand.’
‘Starting from the three basement parking floors to the eighth floor, the automated car parking facility at the centre will accommodate a maximum of 500 cars,’ said KM Nurul Islam, the project director. Of these, 125 will be reserved for permanent rental spots.
As a result of this facility, which will be under the jurisdiction of Dhaka City Corporation and operated by the builders, the roadsides between Dainik Bangla and Shapla Square will be relieved of the ever-increasing traffic of the Motijheel commercial district.
‘Besides the parking facility, the City Centre is set to become a landmark. Every major city has an iconic building. We still do not have one. We believe City Centre will be able achieve the vision,’ said Karim.
The Tk 80-crore project will have office spaces, a convention centre, a business lounge, a gymnasium, refreshment and recreational areas.

Keeping in consideration the natural hazards, the structure is being built with earthquake-resistant technology,’ said Islam.
The Orion Group is one of the countries leading business houses with diverse interests in pharmaceuticals, infrastructure, power, agriculture, telecommunications, energy and the service sector.
The other major infrastructure project that Belhasa Accom will be implementing is the recently planned Gulistan–Jatrabari flyover.
The Dubai-based Belhasa Group, is accredited with the construction of the 7-Star Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai.
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