The main construction works for the renovation and expansion of Ras Al Khaimah’s Manar Mall are on course to complete in Q4 2017, according Al Hamra Group (AHG).
The UAE-based real estate conglomerate, which is the developer behind RAK’s Al Hamra Village, told Construction Week that the $100m (AED367.3m) project would see the mall through the next 10 to 15 years of operations.
The expansion, which is being carried out by Sun Engineering and Contracting, will see the mall’s gross leasable area (GLA) almost double in size, from approximately 28,000m2 to nearly 56,000m2.
The initiative will involve the addition of 64 retail outlets, taking the mall’s total number of stores to 165.
Benoy Kurien, general manager of AHG, said: “We are entering the final stages of our refurbishment and expansion of Manar Mall, which is RAK’s oldest shopping centre. We embarked on an ambitious plan to renovate the existing mall and double its retail area, [while retaining its] single-level layout.
“Phase 1, which comprises the main construction works, is due to complete in December 2017,” Kurien added, noting that fit-out works for individual outlets will take place in phases thereafter.
Opened in September 2000, Manar Mall overlooks RAK’s corniche and local mangroves. It is the most visited mall in the emirate, according to AHG.
To read our full interview with Kurien, including details of AHG’s ongoing projects and strategy for the future, check out issue 665 of Construction Week, which will be published on 2 September, 2017.