Dragon Mart, the largest trading facility for Chinese products outside of China, has opened its doors in Dubai and Al Shirawi played a key role in ensuring the construction of the massive structure was a success. Al Shirawi waterproofed 51000 m2 of the 1.2 kilometer long Dragon Mart, including the impressive main entrance known as the Dragon Mouth.
The massive trading hub is located at Nakheel’s International City in the Al Warsan area. Over a three-month period Al Shirawi worked five foam concrete machines around the clock, the result being that the project was completed and handed over one month ahead of schedule. The 24,000 m2 Dragon Mouth was completed in just one month. At any given time there were 45 laborers, two foremen and one full-time engineer on site.
S. Sekhar, General Manager, explained that the Dragon Mart is the second largest steel structure in the UAE, after the Dubai International Airport. It is jointly promoted by Nakheel and Chinamex Middle East Investment and Trade Promotion Centre. The consultants for Al Shirawi’s work were Shadid Engineering Consultants and the main contractor was Al Shafar Transport & Contracting.
“We are very proud to have worked with Nakheel and to be associated with this project,” Sekhar said. “Having seen the work we carried out at the Dragon Mart, Al Shafar Transport awarded us with a similarly valued contract for 27 buildings in the International City.