Prequalifiers for the contract, known as the shell and core first fix and roads and infrastructure package, include the local/Lebanese Arabian Construction Company (ACC), South Africa’s Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East), the local/Australian Nasa Multiplex, Saudi Oger and Belgium’s Six Construct.

Al-Gurm will comprise a premier 161-room, five-star hotel and 59 private homes built on a natural mangrove and sandbar habitat. All homes will have their own private pool, a jetty and some will have a private beach. Nine of the homes will be situated on their own private islands. The hotel resort has been designed to complement the villa development and will be made up of chalets on individual islands and suites built around a central lagoon. Work on the project has already begun after Royal Boskalis Westminster of the Netherlands was awarded an estimated $20 million-25 million dredging contract in October. The project manager is Canada’s Cansult.

ALDAR is also expected to issue tender documents in late January for another major contract, covering the souk and basement parking package on the Abu Dhabi central market redevelopment project (MEED 15:7:05).