Fit-out specialists ISG to commence on-site operations in May 2014
Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) Properties has awarded fit-out construction specialist ISG a contract worth $35.3 million to undertake refurbishment works at the Kempinski Mall of the Emirates Hotel in Dubai.
This announcement follows the initial refurbishment package MAF had awarded ISG to upgrade the hotel façade in Q4 – 2013, which is currently ongoing and will run parallel to phase one of the new package.
Sequenced over multiple phases, the recent contract includes operations such as the upgrade of all 393 guest rooms, suites and ski chalets in the hotel. ISG is expected to begin work on-site in May 2014, with full project completion due within twenty months.
Earlier this year, a statement by MAF said the company would invest as much as $813 million in Dubai by the year 2020; these investment plans included the construction of two new hotels and the redevelopment of two existing ones, the statement said in January 2014.
MAF Properties had, in September 2013, announced it would undertake redevelopment and expansion operations at Mall of the Emirates. Titled ‘Evolution 2015’, the redevelopment project, worth $272 million at the time, was aimed at strengthening the mall’s fashion category.
Aukett Swanke will collaborate its services with ISG to ensure systematic operations on the Kempinski refurbishment project. “It is exciting to be working on one of the most recognized hotels in Dubai,” said Stephen Embley, head of Middle East operations for the firm.
“The refurbishment of Kempinski Mall of the Emirates is a challenging undertaking because it will remain a 24/7 environment throughout the programme which is made even more complex by the fact that it’s a fairly tight and confined site,” Swanke added.
The hotel will remain open to the public throughout the refurbishment period.