The local Amias Real Estate Company has invited contractors to submit bids for the main construction package on the 65-storey Kempinski hotel planned on Jeddah corniche.

Contractors have until 30 September to submit bids for the construction package for the 240-metre high tower. The planned five-star hotel is expected to contain 242 hotel rooms and 104 serviced apartments. The tower has a total built up area of 79,624 square metres and the site area is about 9,710 sq m.

The hotel tower was designed by the US-based Perkins and Will and the local Mohamad Harasani Architects.

The Kempinski hotel is one of a number of real estate towers planned or under way in the western city of Jeddah, located on the Red Sea coast.

The UAE’s Drake & Scull International (DSI) is currently building the estimated SR450m ($120m) Al-Jawharah tower in Jeddah. Al-Jawharah is a 42-storey residential tower, which is planned for a site on the Jeddah Corniche. DSI was awarded the 87,000 square-metre project in July 2010.

Earlier this year, construction work started on the 1-kilometre-high Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, which will be the world’s tallest tower when completed. The local Saudi Binladin Group was awarded an estimated $1.2bn contract to build the tower in August 2011.

Dubai-based Emaar properties is managing the development of Kingdom Tower, as well as the surrounding 23-square-kilometre Jeddah Kingdom City for the local Kingdom Holding Company.

The state-owned Kingdom Holding Company approved the plans for the tower project in early April. US-based Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture was selected to design the tower in March 2011. The tower will contain hotels, offices, residential apartments and a shopping centre.

When completed, the Kingdom Tower will be almost 200 metres taller than Emaar’s 828m Burj Khalifa in Dubai.