AECOM to design Saudi mega-mall with ski park


The snowpark planned for Majid Al Futtaim’s Mall of Saudi.

AECOM engineers and designers have an unusual task: figuring out how to build a huge covered snow park in the middle of the scorching desert of Saudi Arabia.
It’s part of a four-year contract that the downtown engineering and infrastructure giant announced on May 31 to provide consulting services to the Majid Al Futtaim Group.

The developer, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, plans a $ 4.3 billion mega-mall with 3.2 million square feet of rental space on the north side of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia .

Financial terms of the AECOM contract were not disclosed.

Scheduled to lead the way in the fourth quarter and be completed in early 2024, the Mall of Saudi would be at least 30% larger in area than the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, the largest mall in Los Angeles County.

Plans call for approximately 600 stores, 350,000 square feet of food court, a luxury hotel with at least 275 rooms, a 97,000 square foot Carrefour hypermarket and a 31-screen cinema complex that will include an IMAX screen and a 4D cinema with moving seats.

But it’s the indoor ski slope and 430,000 square foot ski park – which Majid Al Futtaim says will be the largest in the Middle East – that will be the centerpiece of this mega-mall. . The ski area will operate all year round.

Majid, who specializes in the development and operation of shopping malls and other “life centers”, has experience with snow parks. It recently completed the 240,000 square foot Ski Dubai park in its Mall of the Emirates in Dubai.

And AECOM has worked with Majid Al Futtaim before, including on the 1.56 million square foot Mall of Oman shopping center in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

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