Client: Meeras Holding 

Main Contractors: Dutco Balfour Beatty 

Architects: Place Dynamix 

About the project

City Walk is an urban living concept developed by Meeras Holding, situated in Dubai. It is a stunning outdoor destination that offers visitors a unique mix of retail and gourmet outlets. Featured in the project is Kinley’s AluExcel aluminum edging.

Visiting Abu Dhabi for the 2016 Future Landscape & Public Realm Conference enabled Kinley’s management team to see, first hand, their AluExcel aluminum edging in use at this prestigious Middle East landmark project.

Project vision

City Walk statistics are impressive by any standards. The first phase, with 52 outlets, 350 metres of uninterrupted retail frontage and 600 parking spaces was opened in 2013. Phases 2 and 3, themselves subdivided and under construction will more than double the total amenity.

Flanked by a grand tree-lined walk evocative of European streets plus a unique lake and water feature, the venue hosts intimate concerts, weekly markets and exhibitions enhancing the overall appeal of the outdoor lifestyle concept. With splendid views of the Burj Khalifa in the foreground, City Walk offers a sensational shopping and dining environment.

Kinley’s involvement

To preserve and emphasise the crisp straight lines which are a feature of the extensive and attractive landscaping, the rigid version of Kinley’s AluExcel aluminium edgings was specified as superior in appearance and whole-life costings to more traditional products.

Kinley’s sponsorship of the 2016 Future Landscape & Public Realm Conference arose from the rapidly growing interest shown by both public and commercial specifiers in their range of innovative and ecologically sound outdoor lifestyle place-makers.

The excellent contacts made by Kinley during this milestone conference provided confirmation of the importance of the UAE market to Kinley and raised both opportunities and challenges. Radical advances such as BIM will clearly favour companies, such as Kinley, who are enthusiastically committed to upgrade both products and their involved service provision.

Fahad Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer of Meraas Holding:

“City Walk has been strategically designed keeping in mind the retail and culinary preferences of both the national and expatriate societies that call the UAE their home. As a city that thrives on its retail culture and tourism revenues, Dubai certainly has some of the most sophisticated malls in the world, and always embraces the latest products and concepts. This is why we have tried to ensure that City Walk’s identity, inspired by promenades and other world famous outdoor facilities, is as unique as its location.

“We are excited about the prospects for City Walk, considering the way Dubai is moving forward. People in this emirate have always been receptive to innovative ideas and themes, and City Walk’s uniqueness and dynamic retail mix of outlets are certain to appeal to residents and tourists alike. We believe City Walk will prove a major crowd-puller in attracting visitors from other parts of the UAE and the wider region as well.”

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