Abstract

Mega shopping mall projects have seen dramatic growth and great development in recent years in Egypt. In addition, many new Mega shopping mall projects are under construction and expecting to start working in the few coming years. In the absence of researches studying the Egyptian Mega shopping mall projects, this study tries to highlight the most critical risks that face the Mega shopping mall projects in Egypt and the associated most effective response methods currently employed in Egypt. Through a comprehensive literature search and via a questionnaire survey, this research identifies the most critical risks that face the Mega shopping mall projects in Egypt and the associated most effective response methods currently employed in Egypt. The scope covers the analysis from different perspectives by including Owners/Developers, Designers, Consultants, Project Managers, and Contractors that have previous experience in large scale projects such as shopping mall projects. In this study, 30 construction project risks are classified into six main categories according to their type and 150 risk mitigation/elimination measures are introduced to overcome the impact of risks under each of these risk categories. The results reveal that the main risk category that faces the Mega shopping mall projects in Egypt is the one including the financial risk factors. The most critical risk factor that faces the Mega shopping mall projects in Egypt is the financial ability of the client. This was similar to findings from the Egyptian construction industry by Orabi (2003), the Sudanese construction industry by Alwan (2006) and in Chinese construction industry by Tang et al. (2007). Other top critical comparable risks were concerned with changing needs, approvals and permits, and resources unavailability are identified in various countries and are top ranked terms of their impact on the Mega shopping mall projects. Based on the examining study to clarify how a sample of contracts responded to the most critical risks in these kinds of specialized projects, it was concluded that using contractual measures was the key response method that was perceived by all different participants as the most effective method to eliminate/mitigate the effect of most of the risks considered in this research.

Degree Name

MS in Construction Engineering

Date of Award

2-1-2015

Online Submission Date

December 2014

First Advisor

Ezeldin, Samer

Committee Member 1

Waly, Ahmed

Committee Member 2

Abdelkhalek, Hesham

Document Type

Thesis

Extent

140 p.

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

Risk assessment -- Egypt.

Library of Congress Subject Heading 2

Risk magement -- Egypt.

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Comments

I cannot find words to describe my happiness while writing the very last page of my research. In fact, this happiness is mixed with a feeling of gratitude towards many special people who are sent by God to help me in my life. I will start by my Advisor Dr. A. Samer Ezeldin who has always been there for me with his wisdom, encouragement, precious advice and optimism. I have learned and I am still learning a lot from you every day on the professiol and persol levels. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your continuous support. Dr. El khayam Dorra, I cannot find words to describe how much I appreciate and respect you. You provided a great help to me in my research. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your continuous support. Furthermore, I would like to thank everyone contributing to this research finding, through answering the questionire survey as well as the contacts who connected me with valuable key figures in the field and others who did research in this field and whose work has contributed significantly in helping me complete this report. My fil gratitude goes to my family and friends who have provided the greatest support throughout this project’s research period.

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