The expansion plans will includea 55-storey residential tower, 16-screen cinema complex, multi-storey car park and retail expansion.
Dubai-based National Gulf Constructions LLC has been awarded $6.26 million for enabling works at the site, located on the southern side of the world-famous mall, adjacent to The Gardens community.
With a built-up area of 675,000 sq ft, Ibn Battuta Residences 2 will feature 55 floors with 279 apartments and floor retail facilities.
A health and wellness centre – featuring swimming pools for adults and children, fitness club and café – will occupy the top-level of a four-storey parking podium housing 515 spaces. The complex will also have a 32,000 sq ft park with a 200 metre jogging track, children’s play area and shaded seating.
The 16-screen cinema and dining complex will cover more than 700,000 sq ft, including 114,000 sq ft of leasable space and will also have a multi-storey car park with nearly 1,400 parking bays as well as restaurants and cafes.
Part of the expansion programme includes 53,000 sq ft of shop space and 625 parking spaces across three levels. With a built-up area of 260,000 sq ft, the extension forms part of Ibn Battuta’s existing India Court and will feature nearly 30 new shops.
Phase one, comprising a 300,000 sq ft retail extension, a 210 metre link to the Dubai Metro and a 372 room hotel, opened last year. Subsequent phases include a one million sq ft mall featuring a retractable roof for year-round shopping and dining and a second hotel.