Contractors express interest in presidential palace marine works

28 December 2009

New government buildings will be built on Abu Dhabi Island

The UAE’s Presidential Affairs Ministry has invited selected firms to express interest in a marine works package for the new presidential palace development in Abu Dhabi.

The marine works will be executed in the Ras al-Akhdar area of Abu Dhabi Island, between the existing presidential palace and the Emirates Palace Hotel.

The ministry is also preparing to issue tenders for a separate main construction contract which involves building a main palace and several smaller palaces and villas for visiting dignitaries (MEED 14:8:09).

The existing palace is used as a government building and hosts cabinet meetings and other federal government functions.

UAE-based contractor Dutch Foundation has started work on the enabling works package for the new palace. US-based RW Armstrong is the project manager. The architect is the local Ewan Architectural & Engineering Consultancy. The engineer is UK-based WSP and the cost consultant is Bahrain-based Haj Gulf.

Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council (UPC) is also developing the Capital City district on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi city, which includes the Federal Precinct - the new national seat of government for the UAE.

The UPC plans to build the 49-square-kilometre city close to Khalifa City, between Abu Dhabi International airport and Mohammed bin Zayed City.

Some 370,000 people will live in the district when it is ready.

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