Dewan wins contract for Dubai retail scheme

Dewan Architects & Engineers has been awarded the design and supervision contract for The Avenue, a retail development in Dubai by local developer Meraas.

Situated on a 350m promenade between Al Wasl Road and Sheikh Zayed Road, The Avenue will contain a mixture of retail brands, an anchor supermarket, restaurants and a healthcare clinic.

The fast-track project is scheduled for completion by the third quarter of 2012 and will cover a total built-up area of 12,800m² on a plot of approximately 53,000m².

Said Mohamed Al Assam, founder, chairman and managing director of Dewan, said: “The Avenue retail development is an exciting new project and we will be working closely with Meraas, aligning our design objectives with their goals, to ensure that it is delivered to the highest standards.”

The Avenue is the first segment of a three-phase project spanning 1,100m. The scheme will include outdoor seating with extensive landscaping, water features and green spaces.

Meraas announced earlier this month that it has appointed Al-Futtaim Carillion as project contractors for phase one.

Omar Delawar, chief technical officer, Meraas, commented: “I am very pleased that we have decided to go ahead with our decision to collaborate with Dewan Architects and Engineers and appoint it as the lead consultant for The Avenue project.

“Backed by its track record and experience, we are confident of shaping The Avenue into a distinctive project that will add a new dimension to Dubai’s world-renowned retail landscape.

Dewan’s Al Assam added: “Dubai’s retail property sector is proving increasingly stable and sustainable after the financial crisis, a fact that has led to a boost in investor confidence. This, in turn, is providing impetus to the industry’s growth momentum. With reports indicating significant growth in the sector, we are optimistic about the future.”