Contractor picked for new Etisalat HQ

14 March 2003
The local Dhabi Contracting Company has received a letter of intent for the main contract on the proposed new Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) headquarters in Dubai (MEED 13:12:02; 29:11:02).

The contract is estimated to be worth AED 240 million-245 million ($65 million-67 million) and will cover the main building package, which calls for the construction of a 33-storey inclined office tower and a three-storey car park.

The development will have a total built-up area of 67,182 square metres - 44,590 square metres for the proposed tower and the remainder for the car park.

The 30-month lump-sum contract will include shoring, excavation, structural works, finishes, mechanical and plumbing works and landscaping. Germany's Dywidag Internationalwill carry out construction management for Dhabi Contracting on the proposed tower.

The local office of Germany's Bauer International has carried out the piling package (MEED 21:12:01). The building will be located in the Al-Khifaf area, beside the Dubai World Trade Centre roundabout. The project was first proposed in the mid-1990s. Originally, it was earmarked for construction on a plot of land close to Etisalat's current headquarters in Deira.

The consultant is the UK's Shankland Cox; the project manager is the US' Turner International. The UK's WS Atkins International is the subconsultant for the structural works.

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