Bids in for Burj Dubai

23 July 2004
Dubai-based Emaar Propertieshas started evaluating bids for the main contract on Burj Dubai, set to be the world's tallest building. About seven groups submitted bids by the 18 July deadline for the estimated $800 million contract, which involves the construction of a 705-metre-high tower. Revised prices are also due to be submitted by contractors for the main contract on Dubai Mall, which will form part of the Burj Dubai development (MEED 2:7:04).

The bidders include:

the local/South African venture of Al-Habtoor Murray & Roberts, with Japan's Takenaka Corporationand Malaysia's WCT;

the local/Australian Nasa Multiplex, with the local Associated Construction & Investments (Ascon);

South Korea's Samsung Corporation, with the local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Constructand Arab Technical Construction Company (Arabtec), local;

the local/UK Al-Naboodah Laing O'Rourke, with Hong Kong-based Hip Hing;

the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty, with Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC)and Paul Y ITC Construction Holdingsof Hong Kong;

Groconof Australia, with the local Dubai Civil Engineering (DCE);

Taisei Corporationof Japan, with Lebanon's Arabian Construction Company (ACC).

Emaar is planning to make a swift selection, with an award expected as early as mid-August. On-site construction is expected to start in early 2005, with completion set for mid-2008.

The 705-metre-high structure will house offices, apartments and a hotel. The US' Turner Internationalis the project manager on the Emaar Properties project; the design consultant is Skidmore Owings & Merrill, also of the US.

For the main package on the Dubai Mall project, bidders are due to submit new prices on 26 July, based on a revised bill of quantities and some new specifications. About six international contractors are competing for the contract, valued at about $750 million. An award is also expected in August (MEED 28:5:04).

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