The UK’s Carillion secured two contracts in Doha and Dubai in early December adding to an earlier award made in Dubai in early October.

On 5 December, Carillion secured its largest contract in the region this year in joint venture with the local Qatar Building Company for work on the Msheireb Downtown Doha project in Qatar.

The joint venture’s QR2.37bn ($651m) contract involves completing all the substructure and superstructure works of Phase 1B, which comprises 15 buildings, including a Mandarin Oriental Hotel comprising 158 rooms and 91 service apartments, two office buildings with 52 retail units and 12 residential buildings providing a total of 180 apartments.

The 750,000-square-metre Msheireb development is one of the largest real-estate schemes in Doha. It will be built behind the Emiri Diwan administrative centre on the city’s corniche. The scheme will also include an interchange for the capital’s proposed metro system.

The project manager is US-based Turner Construction International. The client for the project is Msheireb Properties. It was previously known as Dohaland and is part of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community Development.

On 6 December, Al-Futtaim Carillion, Carillion’s local operation in the emirate, was appointed by local developer Meraas as the contractor for the first phase of its The Avenue project in Dubai.

The three-phase retail development will be spread over 1.1 kilometres and will be built on the crossroads of Al-Wasl road and Safa road. The consultant for the scheme is the local Dewan Architects & Engineers.

In October, Al-Futtaim Carillion won an estimated $183m contract to build the second phase of the 200-bed Al-Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital in Dubai (MEED 31:10:11).

The children’s hospital will be located adjacent to the Al-Wasl Hospital, close to Dubai Creek and Garhoud Bridge on Oud Metha road.

The client for the hospital project is Dubai Health Authority.