Global contracting and development firm Brookfield Multiplex has won a A$425m ($314.1m) construction contract for developing the A$1bn ($739.1m) Al Maryah Central retail mall in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Gulf Related's regional mall will be developed on the Al Maryah Island, covering an area of 2.3 million ft².
Expected to be completed in March 2018, it will feature departmental centres of Macy's and Bloomingdale's, along with more than 400 other retail shops, 145 restaurants and cafes, and a 20-screen cinema complex.
The development will house a medical center, crèche, health-club, public library, and a food market. It will also feature three rooftop parks for extra outdoor space.
in later development phases, the mall will add residential units and a hotel in two high-rise towers.
With excavation and foundation construction works for the mall already completed, Brookfield Multiplex will be responsible for the remaining activities. The firm is likely to start vertical construction of the mall this month.
Gulf Related of Real Estate Development managing director Kevin Ryan said: "Al Maryah Central is set to become the urban centre of Abu Dhabi providing an unrivalled retail, leisure and entertainment destination to serve the needs of Abu Dhabi's fast growing community."
Brookfield Multiplex Middle East managing director Marcus Truscott said: "Al Maryah Central will transform the retail landscape in Abu Dhabi and positively shift people's perceptions of urban life in the region."
Image: Street view of the Al Maryah Central retail mall. Photo: courtesy of Brookfield Multiplex.