Bidding accelerates on City of Arabia

24 March 2006
Further tenders have been issued for bid on the $2,000 million City of Arabia development in Dubailand. The release of the main infrastructure package and the first tender on the Wadi Walk component coincided with the client, the local I&M Galadari Group, awarding Germany's Siemens a contract to build two 132-kV substations at the development.

Nine contractors have been prequalified to submit bids in April for the main infrastructure package, which includes construction of the development's road network and deep services. Tender documents have also recently been released for the contract to build about 20 five-storey buildings on phase 1, zones 6A and 6B, of Wadi Walk.

The client has also appointed design consultants for towers planned on City of Arabia. Hong Kong-based P&T Architects & Engineers has been selected to design four towers, Germany's Architekten von Gerkan, Marg & Partners (GMP) for two towers, the UK's RMJM for one, and a competition is under way for the design of two more. The tallest tower, to be designed by RMJM, will be 60 storeys high, with the rest ranging between 30 and 45 storeys. The US' Hill International is the project manager (MEED 24:2:06).

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