Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) has 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 estimated AED2.6bn ($708m) contract to build the new Al-Ain hospital.

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 Germany’s Obermeyer Engineering Consulting.

The contract involves building a 688-bed hospital. It will cover 358,000 square metres, with underground parking for 1,500 cars

Seha is also developing Mafraq hospital. The joint venture of the local/Australian Al-Habtoor Leighton Group and South Africa’s Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East) is the frontrunner for the estimated $800m construction contract.

Mafraq hospital will have 690 beds. It will cover an area of 245,000 sq m and will have underground parking for 1,300 vehicles. US-based Burt Hill is the design consultant.

US-based Allen & Shariff Corporation is the project manager for both schemes.

Seha declined to comment on the tender process.

Seha is also developing the Tawam hospital project in Al-Ain. Abu Dhabi-government controlled investment vehicle Mubadala Development Company was previously handling the project. It cancelled tenders for the project in early February (MEED 5:2:10).