The bidders for precinct A, which involves the construction of a three-kilometre-long diaphragm wall, include the local Middle East Foundations, France’s Soletanche Bachy and VSL, part of France’s Bouygues. The returned tenders for precinct’s D, E, F and G are being evaluated. The tender also called for the construction of a conventional rubble and concrete block quay walls and the dredging of marine channels.

Contractors say that prequalifiers decided not to bid for the other packages as a result of their large size, tight construction schedule and existing volumes of work. ALDAR is addressing this issue by sourcing contractors on the international market. The UK’s Maunsell is the consultant (MEED 31:3:06).