The Netherlands’ Royal Boskalis Westminster has won the first marine works contract on the $1,100 million The Wave Muscat mixed-use tourism and residential development.

Tenders for the first infrastructure work and the first main construction contract will be issued soon.

The scope of works on the marine works contract involves dredging 3 million cubic metres of material, raising and levelling the site and reclamation. Boskalis will carry out the dredging with a local partner, yet to be appointed. The work is expected to be completed by year-end.

Prequalification shortlists are being drawn up for the infrastructure and the first main construction contracts covering 500 houses. The tenders are expected to be issued by the end of September. “There are no big surprises [on the short lists]. We’re just waiting for approval from the board,” says The Wave deputy chief executive officer Wael al-Lawati.

Other project packages are moving head. Australia’s Greg Norman Golf Course Design is completing the design of the golf course and the contract for shaping works will be tendered in November. The Wave project covers 2.5 square kilometres and will have six kilometres of beachfront, 4,000 residential units, four hotels, a golf course, a marina and commercial buildings.