• Capabilities: Contract Solutions, Engineering, Environmental Solutions, Cost and Commercial Management, Project Management
  • Sectors: Financial Institutions, Transportation, Commercial Developers, Retail

The Galleria on Al Maryah Island

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - The Galleria is home to the world’s most iconic and luxury fashion and fine jewelry brands. Situated on the up-and-coming Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, the luxury retail and dining destination features a mix of high-end retailers and a collection of restaurants and cafes in a waterfront setting. Arcadis has the eye for refined elegance and the skill to build efficient space for a glamorous destination such as The Galleria.

330,000

square meter luxury retail and dining destination

130+

stores

Our challenge required our team to work on two key development of the 33,000 square meter luxury shopping destination. Initially, we demolished the existing structure and constructed a bespoke glass and steel dome structure and entrance pavilions, a stand-out design to the entrance of The Galleria. The next phase required our team of experts to fit-out the entire retail space and common areas and coordinate the location of the retail tenants.

Arcadis is pleased to have played a key role to the creation of Abu Dhabi’s fine retail and dining destination. We were involved in planning and allocation the space to a mix of over 130 high-end retailers and a collection of restaurants and cafes. Since its opening in August 2013, The Galleria is home to the world’s most iconic and luxury fashion and fine jewellery brands, as well as an array of brands showcasing for the first time in Abu Dhabi.

The development comprised of two phases: the Enabling Works (demolition of existing structure and construction of a bespoke glass and steel dome structure and entrance pavilions); followed by the Common Area Interior Works (fit-out of the retail space common areas and coordination of the retail tenants).

“I want to express my personal thanks to each and every project member for their effort throughout the project. It has been a phenomenal journey resulting in a fantastic product. ”


The client for the first phase of the enabling works, Al Sowah Square Properties LLC, appointed Arcadis to provide project management and commercial management services. We were then retained by the client of the second phase, which is the common area interior works, Sowwah Square Investment (a JV between Mubadala Real Estate and Hospitality and Gulf Related), to drive the project to successful completion.

Gulf Related represents a joint venture between Gulf Capital, a leading alternative asset management firm in the Middle East, and Related Companies, one of the largest private real estate development and investment firms in the United States. The continuation of the service provided and particularly continuity of the people involved was an indictment in itself to the value that Arcadis provided.

“The project is the finest we have delivered, and we can truly say that it has been a pleasure working with such conscientious, determined and quality oriented people. We have truly created a very special retail destination, which not only raises the bar for Abu Dhabi, but sets an incredibly high standard for all retail malls in the United Arab Emirates.”


Outcomes

330,000

square meter luxury retail and dining destination

130+

stores

2

phases of development work

Questions about this project

Matthew Cross

Buildings Business Director +971 04 3193669 Ask me a question

Paul Maddison

Regional Business Development Director, Program Management +971 4319 3315 Ask me a question
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