Abu Dhabi-based Aldar Properties on Wednesday announced “significant progress” in the pre-opening phase of Yas Mall with the aerial fit-out of Geant hypermarket, which is planned to open in November 2014, Emirates 24|7 reported. Geant began its fit-out by installing an air-conditioning system. A helicopter was tasked with the installation, which involved lowering five units each weighing 1 to 1.5 tons and on average seven metres long. The operation was performed by a project team involving Aldar, Geant, the tenant coordination company Vindico and the main contractor of the project Sixco, and took just over 50 minutes. The completion of the air-conditioning installation marks a milestone in the lead up to the hypermarket opening this year which will service the city’s international and local visitors including Yas Mall’s neighbouring communities. The fit-outs are continuing at a steady pace and 95% of outlets are committed in terms of leasing ahead of the November opening.
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