The local Al-Hamed Development & Constructionhas been selected for the main contract to redevelop the Al-Jazeera football stadium in Abu Dhabi after the client opted to reduce the scope of works.

The estimated AED 100 million ($27 million) design and build contract now covers the reconstruction of the single-tier stands into a multi-tiered stadium with 25,000 seats rather than 40,000 seats as originally planned.

The work also entails construction of two residential towers with about 17 storeys at one end of the stadium. The Municipalities & Agriculture Department/ Works (MADW) decided to reduce the contract’s scope to ensure completion by the start of the inter-GCC soccer tournament in November 2006.

Three other companies had originally priced the project. A team of the local Dewan Architects & Engineers and the UK’s AFL is the consultant (MEED 12:8:05).