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Canopy Roof Featuring DIAB Material Shelters the Entrance of Abu Dhabi's Premier Shopping Mall

16 September 2014

Canopy Roof Featuring DIAB Material Shelters the Entrance of Abu Dhabi's Premier Shopping Mall

Affan Innovative Structures have designed and manufactured a feather-light canopy using DIAB’s sandwich core material.

DIAB Group explains the man-made Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE, will open in November 2014. The mall will offer over 450 stores, four international departments, multi-cuisine dining and a direct link to IKEA and the world’s largest indoor theme park – the Ferrari World. Hovering over the main entrance to the mall is a huge canopy designed and manufactured by Affan Innovative Structures LCC with the use of DIAB’s sandwich core material.

According to DIAB Group the mall is been constructed over four trading floors with a central square as its focal point. Sheltering the main entrance is an enormous canopy made of composite material. It measures 240 m in length and 12 m in width, designed and manufactured by Affan, a Dubai-based company specializing in façades made of complex steel, glass and composite structures.

The company explains the canopy is a superb example of how composite solutions can accommodate the innovative designs of the future. Extremely lightweight, yet strong, it makes a great first impression and sets high expectations.

Affan has been using DIAB structural foams for several years on various projects. On Yas Mall, the panels were produced with Divinycell P and put in place in mid-2014.

Affan’s Founder, Dr. Amer Affan, emphasisesthat composite constructions offer architects the unique opportunity to realize previously unimaginable structures. The canopy roof over Yas Mall is part of Affan’s strategy to introduce composites into the world of construction.

Photo provided by DIAB Group.

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