Dubai Festival City
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Festival City is a world-class shopping destination in the extremely competitive Middle Eastern retail market. When Wakefield Beasley was contracted to finish the project, it was already behind schedule. Since the completion date was non-negotiable, the firm had to be resourceful and overcome a unique set of challenges, including cultural and religious differences, different construction techniques in the desert climate, the time change, the currency exchange rate, and preferred local business practices. They attacked the challenge head-on with an immense work effort. Collaborating with JERDE as the Design Architect, Wakefield Beasley acted as the Executive Architect in charge of construction document production. The team brought the project back on schedule and successfully completed it on time. The finished product is incredible. Dubai Festival City is 2.5 million square feet of retail space with 12 indoor water features, a large connected marina, a movie theater, and prayer rooms located throughout.