Package 7 covers the superstructure works for the east and west hotels. Prequalified companies have until 24 January to price the contract. For package 6, covering the palace superstructure works, the bid deadline has been extended to 19 January (MEED 21:12:01).

The superstructure packages will be followed by the tendering of packages 9 and 10, covering the general construction works for the palace, the conference centre and the hotels.

In late October, the local Arab Technical Construction Company (Arabtec) was awarded package 1 for an estimated AED 43 million ($11.7 million). The enabling facilities contract includes the construction of temporary accommodation for workers, temporary offices for the architect and project manager, a laydown area and related works.

The Abu Dhabi government centre is planned to host the GCC summit in late 2004. The UK’s WAT&G is the project architect and the US’ Turner International the project manager (MEED 3:8:01).