A team of the local/Lebanese Arabian Construction Company (ACC) with the local/Belgian Six Construct Abu Dhabi has submitted a low bid of AED 1,249 million ($340 million), about 3.5 per cent cheaper than the next price of AED 1,294 million ($352 million) offered by the local Al-Habtoor Engineering Enterprises. The third bidder is Arab Technical Construction Company (Arabtec), which offered a price of AED 1,306 million ($356 million).

The successful contractor will manage the various subcontracts planned to be awarded on the project. About AED 860 million ($235 million) or 70 per cent of the total contract is planned to be spent on subcontracts covering the marble and electromechanical works, fountains and landscaping, gold edging and lighting.

The remaining amount of about AED 400 million ($109 million) will be spent on logistics, scaffolding and related works. The facilities will take about three years to complete. The contract will include a three-year maintenance agreement.

Italy’s Impregilohas carried out the main structural works. The UK’s Halcrow is the design co-ordinator and construction supervisor; the project manager is the US’ Hill International. The client is the Works Department (MEED 20:7:01).