Nakheel Mall is a retail and entertainment destination being developed by Dubai-based property developer Nakheel in the world-famous Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE.

Estimated to cost AED1.2bn ($326.6m), the project is a part of Nakheel’s AED16bn expansion, which aims to increase its total retail space to more than 158ha.

Construction of the mall commenced in 2014 and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2019.

Nakheel Mall location

Nakheel Mall will be situated in the centre of Palm Jumeirah, which is the world’s biggest man-made island.

Being built beside The Palm Tower, the mall can be accessed through The Palm Monorail. It will also be easily accessible from the rest of Dubai through Dubai Tram and Dubai Metro.

Palm Jumeirah consists of residential properties, retail stores, leisure facilities, and more than 23 luxury hotels and resorts. It provides accommodation for more than 30,000 people.

Nakheel Mall design and features

Nakheel Mall will be a five-storey building with 350 shops, restaurants and leisure attractions. It will have a built-up area of 4.5 million square feet, of which 1.2 million square feet will be available for lease.

The mall is being developed around four key elements, namely sociability, activity, access, and comfort.

The colour scheme for most of the interiors will be white along with minor theme variations, which will offer uniqueness to certain important areas. The central attraction of the mall will be a 25m-high crystal dome.

The mall will feature two fountains and two waterfalls, which will pour from a height of 65ft. It will offer direct access to The Palm Tower, which is a 52-storey five-star hotel and residential building that is 240m-high.

Public plazas, interior spaces, and the exterior will be well connected to enhance the visitor’s experience. Some of the retailers in the mall will include Waitrose, VOX Cinemas, Adidas, Breitling, French Connection, and Montblanc.

The luxury mall will also include three-level underground parking with 4,000 bays. It will have a separate entrance for VIPs.

Entertainment and dining facilities at Nakheel Mall

Nakheel Mall will feature a two-storey VOX Cinemas complex, which will be spread over 60,000ft². The upper level of the complex will feature a children’s auditorium and lounge.

The cinema complex will have 15 theatres with a total seating capacity for 923 people and 26 seats for people with limited mobility.

“It will offer direct access to The Palm Tower, which is a 52-storey five-star hotel and residential building that is 240m-high.”

A fine dining plaza will be available at the rooftop, which will provide a panoramic view of the island, Arabian Gulf, and Dubai skyline. The basement floor of the food hall will feature a department store.

Nakheel Mall construction details

Construction of all under and above-ground floors and ceiling works, followed by interior works, including granite and glass fixing, were completed by the end of 2018. Outfitting of the interiors for retailers is currently underway.

Internal and external roads connecting to the mall were completed in May 2016. The road infrastructure mainly includes access roads, elevated ramps, tunnels, as well as improvements to pavements that connect the mall’s parking and the surrounding road network.

Contractors involved

Nakheel Properties signed an agreement with United Engineering Construction (UNEC) and Actco General Contracting Company for the construction of the mall in July 2014.

Nakheel Properties contracted RSP Architects Planners & Engineers as the lead designer and architect of the mall.

WME provided structural, building and fire engineering, sustainability, and audio-visual and information technology consulting services. AWAJ is the architect of records and supervision.

Nakheel Properties selected Rasana Engineering as the sole steel contractor for the mall. Rasana subcontracted Bentley for its STAAD.Pro Advanced application for analysing the steel structures of the mall.

Nakheel signed a contract with Majid Al Futtaim for the construction of VOX Cinemas’ screens in the mall. Havelock AHI provided interior works for the theatre complex of the Nakheel Mall.