Bidders line up for Emirates headquarters

29 October 2004
About nine companies have been invited to submit bids by 17 November for the construction of a new corporate headquarters for Dubai-based carrier Emirates. The headquarters, to be connected by tunnel to the new terminal 3 development at Dubai International Airport, will also serve the airline's flight crews, coming in and out of the airport.

Companies invited to bid for the main package, valued at up to $150 million, include: Al-Basti & Muktha (ABM), Al-Habtoor Engineering Enterprises, Al-Nekhreh Contracting (ANC), and Associated Construction & Investments (Ascon), all local; Lebanon's Arabian Construction Company (ACC); Cyprus' Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P); and Turkey's Tepe Akfen Ventures(TAV).

The development calls for the construction of a nine-storey building, with two basements and a ground floor, offering a total built-up area of 160,000 square metres. In addition, the successful bidder will build two 11-storey car parks with a total built-up area of 65,000 square metres and carry out some external works. The major works under the main contract are civil, structural, finishes, and a host of other specialist packages, which will be assigned by the client to the main contractor.

The project is to be implemented on a fast-track basis with contract completion set for 18 months. The consultant is the local Archon Engineering Consultants.

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