DSI to execute $30 million contract for MEP works on Mall of Emirates upgrade

Contract awarded by Khansaheb Civil Engineering, the main contractor on the redevelopment project

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Drake and Scull International has signed a contract worth $29.9 million to execute the complete MEP works for the redevelopment of the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, it has been announced.

The contract has been awarded by Khansaheb Civil Engineering LLC, who is the main contractor on the project. As per the terms of the contract, DSI will procure, install, test and commission all the MEP works within the shopping mall, the refurbishment of which is expected to be completed by 2015.

Located off Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road, the Mall of the Emirates recently announced a multi-stage redevelopment project which is estimated to cost $272.2 million. It will be developed under the theme of ‘Evolution 2015’.

The redevelopment projects will include a new fashion district, luxury retail and a sports and leisure precinct. Furthermore, the mall’s cinemas will be expanded, while ‘unique dining concepts’ will also be developed, a statement said.

Work on the project will be undertaken in phases, with work on Phase I already underway.

“The new contract for the redevelopment of Mall of the Emirates underscores our proven track record in offering specialized MEP services for large scale shopping malls. We are pleased to be chosen by the client and Khansaheb for the execution of the MEP works on this prestigious landmark,” said Khaldoun Tabari, CEO and vice-chairman of the MEP contractor.

“DSI is well established in the UAE as market leaders in the Engineering business and we will continue our efforts to help shape Dubai and the UAE’s skyline. With our expertise in MEP works and General Contracting, cutting edge technologies and vast resources, DSI is well-positioned to undertake significant construction and infrastructure projects as Dubai gears up to host the 2020 World Expo,” he continued.

Over the last year, the company has been awarded a number of high profile projects across the UAE, with the latest being a $109.7 million joint venture agreement between DSI and Habtoor Leighton Specon to provide MEP works for the Al Habtoor City in Dubai.

In the fourth quarter of 2013, the contractor won a $112.98 million contract and a $63.43 million contract to complete MEP works at the Louvre Museum project and the Fairmont Hotel in Abu Dhabi, respectively.

The latest deals took the value of DSI’s awarded UAE contracts in 2013 to more than $435.6 million, further cementing the company’s position as one of the leading multi-discipline construction experts in the region.

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