Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) has extended the tender closing date to 26 January for the contract to build an estimated AED2.6bn ($708m) hospital in Al-Ain.

Contractors had been preparing to submit bids on 5 January. Seha reissued tender documents in August (MEED 26:8:11).

Seha first tendered the contract in 2010 and had selected the joint venture of the local Al-Shafar General Contracting and the local National Projects Construction (NPC) with Japan’s Shimizu Corporation for the works (MEED 3:12:10).

The contract involves building a 688-bed hospital. It will cover 358,000 square metres, with underground parking for 1,500 cars. The design has been prepared by a joint venture of Switzerland’s ICME Healthcare, Germany’s Faust Consult Architects & Engineers and Obermeyer Engineering Consulting, also from Germany.