Construction progress does not halt at Mall of Qatar

Construction work and retail fit outs resumed as normal today at Mall of Qatar following the outbreak of a fire on April 2, 2016.

Doha, Qatar, 4th April 2016: Mr. Mowafaq Kharbat, Project Director of Urbacon Trading and Contracting, confirmed that work has resumed after an accidental fire broke out at around 2.30pm on April 2. Safety engineers were alerted immediately which prompted the safe evacuation of 14,000 workers and staff on site, and in adjacent buildings.

Official authorities were informed, which led to the civil defense team, traffic department, Al Fazaa road police and the Lekhwiya internal security forces to deploy their teams. The fire was successfully put out and there were no casualties.

“We are thankful that no one was harmed and our priority right now is to continue construction work and carry on with retail fit outs within the mall. We would like to express our gratitude to the authorities for their immediate and professional support to ensure the safety of everyone on the site and to contain the fire,” Stated Mowafaq Kharbat.

Mall of Qatar - Interior - Rotunda -
Mall of Qatar – Interior – Rotunda

“UCC has a comprehensive operations risk plan that gets reviewed regularly and also implements stringent safety precautions on a daily basis, this was expertly put into action during this incident,” he added.

Pending an investigation by the related authorities and for the official outcome of their enquiries, the cause of the fire is still unknown at this stage.

When complete, Mall of Qatar, will be the nation’s largest mall, with over 500 stores, including over 100 food and beverage outlets and fine dining options.  It will offer visitors a wide selection of major international brands, a 5 star luxury hotel, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, and an impressive array of unique family and mall-wide live entertainment and the first professional live theatre in a mall in the world with 360 degree acts and shows performed on the multi-lift rotating Festival Stage with theatrical sound and lighting.