This thesis entitled "Construction of Shopping Malls in Egypt: Reasons For Delay and Estimated Duration" was prepared by Ramez W ageih Shafik under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Samer Ezz El Din at the American University in Cairo The construction industry is one of the most important and essential industries in the economy of any country. Time delay is one of the major problems facing the construction projects in Egypt. Facing the fact that the construction of shopping malls has picked up in Egypt during the last ten years, research is needed to identify the different factors that affect the delays of such projects. The study covers the factors causing delays for ten different shopping mall construction projects in Egypt. Qualified representatives for the contractors, owners, and consultants in each of the ten projects were asked to respond to a questionnaire that includes 51 delay factors. The results of the data classified the projects by sector, location, original contract value, type of contract, and original project duration. The delay factors were ranked according to the severity index. The delay factors in shopping mall projects are compared with the delay factors of large projects in Egypt showing little agreement.


School of Sciences and Engineering


Interdisciplinary Engineering Program

Date of Award


Online Submission Date


First Advisor

Ahmed Samer Ezeldin

Committee Member 1

Abdel Hady Hosny

Committee Member 2

Amr Hassanein

Committee Member 3

Medhat Haroun

Document Type



91 leaves

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

Construction industry

Library of Congress Subject Heading 2

Shopping malls

Library of Congress Subject Heading 3



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Call Number

Thesis 2003/54