Reem Mall was officially topped out after construction reached its highest point.
The topping out was marked by key project representatives from Al Farwaniya Property Developments including chairman Faisal Sultan, executive chairman David Boesley, CEO Shane Eldstrom, vice chair Nadia Akil, and CFO Deepak Jain.
The traditional ceremony is the latest milestone reached on site over the past 18 months.
Drake & Scull is acting as MEP contractor for the $1.2billion development, slated for completion in 2021.
With 14 tower cranes continuing to keep the project moving 24 hours a day, over 350,000 of concrete have now been poured across eight levels of structure, and 70,000 m2 of concrete slabs have been installed.
Positioned on Reem Island – right in the heart of ‘new’ Abu Dhabi – developers say Reem Mall will become the “beating heart” of the destination, with two million square feet of retail, leisure, dining, and entertainment choices.
Sultan said: “Reem Mall has witnessed continued progress over the past year and a half thanks to the hard work and dedication of the entire project team.
Seeing it reach its highest point is a truly fantastic milestone. With significant construction progress continuing on site every day, Reem Mall is visibly rising to take its place amongst the top retail, leisure and entertainment destinations in the UAE and beyond.”
Fabrication is progressing in areas such as Snow Park plant rooms, link bridges, and the cinema, which has reached 98% completion.
Escalators and elevators continue to be installed with over 50% of vertical transportation equipment now operational on site.
Fit out works have also commenced with ceilings, lobbies, granite flooring, plant rooms and bathrooms all in progress.
Eldstrom added: “This is a massive milestone we have achieved here.
“Infrastructure piling works are just a matter of weeks from completion, with pile caps and bridge piers for the flythrough that will give seamless access to the mall.
“We look forward to delivering this world class destination, to the people of Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE.”