The local Middle East Foundationsis in advanced negotiations for the main piling contract on the estimated $2,000 million City of Arabia project, part of the Dubailand development. The scheme comprises residential, office and entertainment facilities catering for about 34,000 people (MEED 12:8:05).
The scope of the piling contract has undergone some significant revisions during negotiations. The Villas that form part of the Wadi Walk will now sit on top of a cast raft foundation instead of piles. This means that the number of piles to be sunk has been reduced to 16,000 from the original 26,500. The client, the local I&M Galadari Group, has also invited expressions of interest (EoIs) for the main construction contracts on the project. They are: The Mall of Arabia, which will have a built-up area of about 520,000 square metres; Restless Planet, a 90-metre-high translucent dome with a built-up area of 42,000 square metres; Phase 1 of the Wadi Walk development, which will see construction of low-rise retail and residential buildings with a built-up area of 338,000 square metres. Located off Emirates Road adjacent to Global Village, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2008. Hong Kong-based P&T Architects & Engineersis the engineering and design consultant. The US' Hill Internationalis the project manager.
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