The Galleria at Sowwah Square

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Galleria is part of the dynamic, mixed-use environment of Sowwah Square on Al Maryah Island which includes two luxury hotels and Grade A office towers. This retail component, serving as an “indoor boulevard” between the development’s other amenities, contains131 luxury retail stores, including 25 food and beverage outlets.

The Galleria project was delivered in two phases. The first phase consisted of the redevelopment of an existing, more modest retail core and shell into a larger, high-end retail establishment incorporating a new glass and steel atrium. ESD provided HVAC, power, plumbing, technology, and life safety modifications for the increased area. We factored in the high temperatures and humidity of the area while designing the fire protection system in the retail mall’s four-story atria. A high speed / high volume exhaust fan was implemented into the structure’s design to push the rising, cooled smoke outside during an emergency. In the second phase of the project, ESD provided MEP/FP and Technology systems design provisions to each of the 131 retail tenants.

The complete Sowwah Square development is a 450,000 sm development and received the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) Best Tall Buildings Award for the Middle East and Africa.