Abu Dhabi government-controlled Mubadala Development Company has set a 24 January closing date for the contract to build two data centres in the UAE.

Known as the Khazna project, the estimated AED800m ($218m) scheme involves building data centres together with other technical buildings in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The prequalifiers include the local Alec; the local/UK Al-Futtaim Carillion; the local/Australian Al-Habtoor Leighton Group; France’s Bouygues; the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty; the UK’s Laing O’Rourke; and Germany’s M+W Group.

The built up area of the Dubai buildings is 25,500 square metres and the built up area of the Abu Dhabi buildings is 15,500 sq m.

The project manager is the UK’s EC Harris.