Our materials making waves


This new shopping mall with its undulating roof in the United Arab Emirates was the largest contract in 2019 for Rigitone ceilings. A technical and logistical challenge successfully pulled off by our teams.

Our materials making waves

Located in Sharjah, the cultural capital of the United Arab Emirates, the Al Zahia City complex is notable for its impressive wave-inspired roof. The huge 130,000 m2 building was constructed using several Saint-Gobain solutions. Almost 33,000 m2 of acoustic Rigitone plasterboard was installed for the ceilings. This perforated plasterboard is used to create seamless ceilings. In addition to its attractive appearance, Rigitone provides exceptional acoustic comfort, which was one of the project's key criteria given that the mall will be frequented by thousands of people each day, making it potentially quite noisy. A further challenge was delivering the panels on time as they are manufactured at a plant in Chambéry, France.?

?Other Saint-Gobain materials were also used in the building, which has more than 350 stores: several Weber solutions, such as additives applied on the building's fa?ade and sealing membranes for the floors, as well as Gyproc wall linings.

?Harnessing its broad range of innovative solutions and the synergies between its businesses, Saint-Gobain has succeeded in boosting its market share in this fast-growing region. This is reflected in the many architectural projects using our products in the United Arab Emirates (Museum of the Future and Yas Arena) and Qatar (Doha National Museum and stadiums for the FIFA World Cup in 2022).