Al-Sharq Development, the local subsidiary of the Saudi-based Al-Sharq Groupof Companies, has issued two sets of requests for proposals (RFPs) for its estimated $1,900 million Aqua Dunya development in Dubailand.

The RFPs for the lead consultancy package for the project’s hotel building were issued to five firms and are due to be submitted on 4 December. The RFPs for the infrastructure design were issued to four firms and are also due in early December. Canada’s Forrec is acting as the consultant for the theme park (MEED 16:9:05).

The project entails construction of the 407-metre-long Desert Pearl cruise ship that includes a 330-room hotel, a souk, port district and a conference centre.

The resort will also comprise 170 holiday apartments and 3,400 residential apartments. Future phases will include an adventure reef theme park, two more themed resort hotels, a nine-hole golf course and expansions of the Aqua Dunya theme park.

Forrec carried out the concept design and masterplan. The UK’s Mace Internationalis the project manager.