Work on the project has started, with 50 per cent of enabling work already complete. Tenders for the main construction packages are due out in the first quarter of 2005. The local Darwish Engineering Companyis carrying out the basic infrastructure work. Lebanon’s Khatib & Alamiis the consultant. Industrial City Development Company is the investor and developer. Based in Saudi Arabia, ICDC is a consortium made up of four Saudi companies: Al-Hanoo Holding Company, AH Al-Zamil Group, Al-Seidan Real Estateand Al-Habib Real Estate.

The move follows Dubai Development & Investment Authority’s announcement on 24 November that the emirate was planning to build a 560 million-square-feet industrial city near Jebel Ali port. The project aims to attract Arab investment into Dubai.