Abu Dhabi government-owned investment firm Mubadala Development Company has invited companies to submit bids for the Four Seasons hotel on Sowwah Island.

Prequalified contractors have until 15 March to submit bids for the main construction package.

The prequalifiers include:

  • Arabian Construction Company (ACC) (local/Lebanon)
  • Arabtec Construction (local)
  • Al-Futtaim Carillion (local/UK)
  • Al-Habtoor Leighton Group(local/Australia)/Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East) (South Africa)
  • Interbeton (Netherlands)
  • Brookfield Multiplex (Australia)
  • Six Construct Abu Dhabi (local/Belgium)
  • Samsung Corporation (South Korea)

The planned five-star hotel will be a 144-metre high tower, with a gross floor area of about 100,000 square metres.

The 200-room hotel will contain restaurants, a swimming pool, spa, gym and conference centre. The development will also include 124 apartments and a 6,000 sq m retail area. In addition, the hotel will have 16,000 sq m of car parking space. The estimated duration of the construction work is 24 months

Mubadala is also responsible for the development of the rest of Sowwah Island, located between Reem Island and the port area of Abu Dhabi Island.

It is also developing the Rosewood hotel on the island. In January last year, ACC was awarded an estimated AED800m ($218m) contract to build the hotel.

The project covers the construction of a five-star hotel with 189 rooms and 139 serviced apartments, a retail area, basement parking and other facilities including a swimming pool, health club and spa. The total built-up area is about 100,000 sq m (MEED 8:1:10).

The government investment vehicle is also developing the estimated AED4.7bn Cleveland Clinic on Sowwah Island. A joint venture of Six Construct and Samsung was awarded the main construction package in March last year (MEED 8:3:10).

When complete, Cleveland Clinic will be a 364-bed, 220,000-square-metre hospital with parking spaces for 3,200 cars.

Work is already under way on other parts of the island. Oger Abu Dhabi has been building the estimated AED4bn Sowwah Square development since mid-2007 and the local Al-Naboodah Construction Group has been working on the island’s infrastructure since mid-2008.