Contractors in Abu Dhabi are now preparing to submit bids on 11 November for the contract to build the Fairmont Hotel and Serviced Apartments for the local National Investment Corporation.

Contractors were preparing to submit bids on 4 November after the original closing date was extended from mid-October.

The scheme involves building a 39-storey tower that includes 563 guest rooms, 144 serviced apartment units, 105 other apartments, 13 food and beverage outlets, ballroom and conference rooms, a swimming pool and sporting facilities. There will be underground and ground-level parking for 1,300 vehicles. The total built-up area is 160,000 square metres.

The project manager is Australia’s Confluence. The cost and contracts consultant is the local Williams International Group. The design consultant and architect of record is the local Dewan Architects & Engineers. The construction supervision consultant is Lebanon’s Khatib & Alami.

Contractors have been approached for the project several times over the past seven years, although it has now been redesigned.