The prospective bidders for the 12-month contract include Geneva-registered Archirodon Construction (Overseas), Saudi Binladin Group, Brazil’s Oderbrecht, the local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Construct, an unidentified Singaporean firm and Al-Naboodah Engineering Services, Emirates Roads Contracting, Al-Hamed Development & Construction and Wade Adams Contracting, all local.

The consultant is Lebanon’s Associated Consulting Engineers (ACE) International.

More infrastructure development work is planned on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah. Up to six companies submitted bids by 16 November for an estimated AED 50 million ($18 million) contract covering the construction of two 135-metre-long bridges, each with a dual-carriageway, and related facilities. The consultant is the US’ De Leuw Cather International.

Bids are also under evaluation for an estimated AED 73 million ($20 million) contract to build two 350-metre exit/entry bridges to the main island. The consultant on the project, known as the Gateway, is a team of the US’ H2L2 with Leonhardt Andra & Partners of Germany (MEED 31:10:03).

The offshore Palm Jumeirah project will be home to over 2,000 villas, townhouses and hotels. Al-Hamed Development & Construction is carrying out work under a AED 278 million ($76 million) contract to build 220 villas and apartments. The client is the local Nakheel.