Choosing Warehouse for Interior Contractor / Carpentry

With my experience in interior fit-out contracting, I compile a list of points / tips for choosing Warehouse for your interior fit-out contracting or carpentry in UAE.


  • Choose the Location, closer to the market you are targeting. Keep the travel time less. If you are a fit-out contractor, your team needs to come from Camp to Warehouse and leaves to Site daily that too in Peak hours.
  • Choose the Location, closer to the Labor Camp for same reason.


  • Connectivity to the main routes (E11 / E311 / E611)
  • Connectivity to the Suppliers
  • These 2 are important factors for hassle-less day to day operation.

Size and Shape:

  • Have an Idea / prepare a layout with minimum requirement of Office space, Carpentry equipment, Paint room, Storage area and make sure the new warehouse accommodates all with + 10% to 20% additional space.
  • The Entrance / Access must be clear and spacious for Loading & Unloading from Pickups / Trailers, Fork Lifts and easy movements.
  • Mezzanine: Highly preferable. Easy to have Office space and advantage.
  • In Built Restroom: Own Restroom are always better than the Common one for your employees and clients.
  • It is better to choose the Warehouses with access on both sides. For installing ventilators, paint room ventilators and better mobility it is better than the single entrance where the back side is covered by adjacent warehouse sharing the same wall.


  • Power – Power to meet the requirement of your carpentry machineries, office AC, Office etc. Even if it is not available, there should be a provision to upgrade easily. Make a rough estimation of load requirement prior to choose the warehouse.
  • Fire Fighting & Fire Alarm Devices: Carpentry warehouses are highly prone to Fire accidents as they have Thinner chemicals and wooden elements. Please make sure with the landlord that the Warehouse are approved for carpentry works.
  • Please make sure that the Sprinklers, Smoke Detectors, Sounder, FACP are available and working condition.
  • Ventilation: Ventilators / Provision for Ventilators are must carpentry.
  • Insulation: Go for the Pre-insulated roof than the conventional for better working environment and less load on the AC.


  • Cost: Keep your overhead less and consider the Operational Cost perspective as well. Remote areas will have less rent but it will increase the Transportation cost. Balance them.
  • Payment Mode: Options are available like 2 Cheques / 4 Cheques / 6 Cheques. In my opinion, smaller payments are the easier one to make.

Market Update: City Centre Al Zahia Opening

Market Update  – Deferment of Mall Opening Date

Project: City Centre Al Zahia
Location: Sharjah, UAE
Opening: March 2021
Capacity: 360+ Stores
Status: Fit-out Stage

Majid Al Futtaim has announced a new opening date for its upcoming mall in Sharjah – City Centre Al Zahia. Now set to open in March 2021, the decision allows tenants sufficient time to prepare for their new store openings and ensure they can provide a compelling customer experience.

Market Update – Extension of Al Jimi Mall, Al Ain

Market Update – Extension

Project: Al Jimi Mall Extension
Location: Al Ain, UAE
Expected Completion: Q4 2018
Extension:  88 new stores & Al Ain’s first eight screen Vox Cinema.
Status: – Extension is under Construction

(Addition of 484,000 sqft of gross leasable area (GLA) i.e. innovative Retail Park, plus 88 new entertainment, retail and F&B tenants, Al Ain’s first eight screen Vox Cinema. Addition of 1200 car parking spaces)

Dubai retail giant opens first Ras Al Khaimah Mall

My City Centre Al Dhait is part of Majid Al Futtaim’s plan to raise UAE investments by AED30bn by 2026,

Dubai-based retail giant Majid Al Futtaim has announced the opening of its first shopping destination in Ras Al Khaimah.
The company said My City Centre Al Dhait aims to meet the everyday dining, lifestyle and retail needs of Ras Al Khaimah’s fastest-growing communities.

“Today we underscore Majid Al Futtaim’s commitment to delivering a unique retail experience to fast-growing communities around the region with the opening of My City Centre Al Dhait, our first shopping destination in Ras Al Khaimah and the latest addition to the growing My City Centre brand in the UAE,”
said Ghaith Shocair, CEO – Shopping Malls, Majid Al Futtaim – Properties.

The AED68.5 million mall, which has a gross leasable area of 5,494 square metres, houses more than 30 regional and international lifestyle brands.
My City Centre Al Dhait is Majid Al Futtaim’s third My City Centre mall in the UAE, a neighbourhood shopping and dining destination created specifically for nearby residential and commercial communities.
The company said the opening of My City Centre Al Dhait reinforces its commitment made in 2016 to increase investments in the UAE by AED30 billion by 2026, taking its total investments in the UAE to AED48 billion.

My City Centre Al Dhait complements Majid Al Futtaim’s additional investments in the Northern Emirates, which include the expansion of both City Centre Ajman and City Centre Sharjah in 2018.


Market Update – Mirkaaz, Ajman

Market Update – New Mall

Project: Mirkaaz, Ajman
Location: Dubai, UAE
Expected Completion: End of 2019
Capacity: 100+ Shops
Status: –

(The mall will feature international restaurants, a cinema, a family entertainment area, botanical gardens, a health and fitness centre, and a hypermarket

Mirkaaz will be the first mall in the UAE to feature a sprawling atrium roof)