Local real estate developer Aldar Properties has invited selected companies to bid by 17 March for a marine works package on its Nareel Island development in Abu Dhabi.

The contract involves protection works for the island’s north shore and a 30-metre-long access bridge.

Nareel Island lies next to Abu Dhabi Island, close to the Intercontinental and Emirates Palace hotels in the Ras al-Akhdar area of the city. It was created by connecting an island known as Coconut Island with another larger island.

In 2007 Aldar formed a joint venture with Abu Dhabi-based National Corporation for Tourism & Hotels (NCTH) to develop a Ritz Carlton resort and residential development on the island.

The resort will have 160 guest rooms, a spa, restaurants and a marina. The residential buildings include apartment blocks and villas. Only UAE nationals will be able to buy the properties.

US-based RW Armstrong & Associates is the architect. US-based Parsons Brinckerhoff is the project manager (MEED 27:7:07).

Another marine works package is being tendered nearby by the UAE’s Presidential Affairs Ministry. It has invited selected companies to bid for work at its new presidential palace development, between the existing presidential palace and the Emirates Palace Hotel.

RW Armstrong is the project manager on this scheme. The architect is the local Ewan Architectural & Engineering Consultancy. The engineer is UK-based WSP and the cost consultant is Bahrain-based Haj Gulf.