ALAMIAH’s bid was just over 3 per cent lower than the next best offer of KD 59.6 million ($206 million) submitted by the local United Gulf Construction Company (UGCC). Arab Contractors, also local, is ranked third on price at KD 61 million ($210 million). Five other prequalified companies submitted bids.

The scope of works covers the construction of a military base with barracks capable of housing up to 6,000 special forces personnel. It also includes dining facilities, sanitation and power works, guard towers and a perimeter fence, special security systems and conference facilities. Construction will take about 30 months. A team of Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners) and Kuwait Engineering Group is the design consultant (MEED 13:1:06).