Havelock One just finished the complete fit-out works for the VOX Cinemas at Nakheel Mall, The Palm Jumeirah, which has just opened. “Our business relationship with Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) Cinemas, the Middle East’s largest and most rapidly growing exhibitor, has grown steadily. This year, we had been commissioned to work on two additional VOX Cinemas in the UAE and on two of their ground-breaking projects in Saudi Arabia,” commented Syed Kashif Akhtar, Group MD of Havelock One.
United Arab Emirates
In the United Arab Emirates, Havelock One just finished the complete fit-out works for the VOX Cinemas at Nakheel Mall, The Palm Jumeirah, which has just opened. This 6,000sqm project has 15 theatres with more than 900 seats and additional 26 slots designed to provide ample space for wheelchair users who have dedicated elevator access across the two floors. Of these theatres, four offer a fine-dining experience with their own VIP lounges, one features a MAX mega-screen with 282 spacious premium view seats and a KIDS auditorium, also equipped with a comfortable reception and play area. Havelock One’s scope covered the full turnkey fit-out from shell and core; i.e. the steel structure for the cinema stadia and plant rooms, the complete MEP works, acoustic ceilings and walls, and all interior finishes including gypsum, cladding (marble, ceramic, carpet, vinyl and terrazzo), wallpapers and paint, decorative glass and metal works, as well as joinery works like furniture and fire-rated doors. Furthermore, the contractor coordinated with the client and third parties on all cinema-related equipment such as screens, projectors, speakers, seats, etc.
In September, Havelock One completed the fit-out of one of the largest cinema complexes in the region at the extension of The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. Comprising 21 screens with a total seating capacity of 1,785 seats, the project also boasted Abu Dhabi’s first laser IMAX auditorium, which seats 450 guests. In addition, the experienced interiors Company also fitted out the affiliated F&B outlets, Nutella @ VOX Cinemas, Pizza Al Taglio and Kitchen 35, all VOX Cinemas homegrown brands, completing the entertainment experience.
Earlier this year, Havelock One was also signed responsible for the turnkey fit-out of the VOX Cinemas at Al Jimi Mall in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi. The fit-out package included eight screens comprising a MAX auditorium, four standard auditoria, a KIDS auditorium and two auditoria offering fine dining options. “These projects have allowed us to demonstrate our broader technical expertise in the delivery of mainstream construction activities; such as builder works including concrete screed, blockwork and structural steel, adding to our core fit-out services and products. This confirms Havelock One’s commitment to be a trusted service provider capable of managing multiple trade packages as well as executing the on-site works,” said Adrian Sellar, Division Director Fit-Out UAE at Havelock One.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Havelock One project teams completed the fit-out of two VOX Cinemas. The first project was the VOX Cinemas at the Roof Mall, which opened in March; and in April, the second followed at The Kingdom Tower. The latter offers an experience doing justice to the prime location in the capital city: Each of the eight auditoria has fully reclining leather seats and state-of-the-art acoustics. The multiplex features a fine dining lounge, conceived by Bishop Design by Paul Bishop, and has also been equipped with fully functional kitchens to serve five-star meals to VIP guests during the screenings. “These are certainly exciting times for the entertainment industry in the region. With our highly trained and experienced workforce, employed across GCC markets and at our 300,000 sq. ft. manufacturing hub in Bahrain, Havelock One is ready to serve many more state-of-the-art cinema and entertainment complexes in KSA, the UAE and the rest of the region,” added Syed Kashif Akhtar.