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Construction of Dubai Marina Mall surges ahead

A fast construction schedule and a large site area have necessitated the deployment of a large number of tower cranes on one of the United Arab Emirates' newest prestige projects.

Eight Liebherr tower cranes are working on the Dubai Marina Mall project, which upon completion in the second half of 2008 will include a 38-storey hotel and apartment tower and an eighty-storey shopping complex.

Located on the Dubai Marina complex, the project is being developed by Emaar Properties and built by ALEC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Al Jaber group.

Extending over a ground area of almost 365,000m² the Dubai Marina Mall will sport a distinctive architectural style with a circular atrium that makes utmost use of the waterfront location. A pier, extending to the waterfront, will be lined with cafes and restaurants.

The 38-storey tower with a height of approximately 192m will feature the five-star 200-room Dubai Marina Mall Hotel along with 400 residential apartments, an eight-storey 'gourmet' tower plus 150 shops. There will also be a two-level basement plus five-storey parking lot that will accommodate over 3,000 vehicles.

The five storey shopping mall will, on completion feature a gross floor area, including parking of more than 218,000m². According to Commercial Manager, Wayne Randall, construction is proving complex utilising combinations of pre-cast, post-tensioning and in-situ elements. "This also affects the floor cycle times which can range between five to ten days," he added.

A variety of concrete strengths are also being utilized throughout construction ranging between 40, 60 and 80mPA plus a quantity of 80 grade self compacting concrete (SCC).

Throughout construction of the foundation areas a large amount of waterproof and additive CCC concrete was also used.

The project is being built to a tight 27-month schedule at a construction budget of £250M with phased handovers scheduled throughout 2008.

Dubai Marina is a 4.6 million m2 mega project with 11 km of waterfront boardwalk and five marinas that can berth over 500 vessels.

A centrepiece of the development is the Dubai Marina Motor Yacht Club. Emaar is developing six residential projects within Dubai Marina. Three of them - Al Majar, Al Sahab and the Dubai Marina Towers - have been handed over to residents.

The master development has a projected population of 75,000, and there are already several thousand people living within Dubai Marina.

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