Contractors have submitted bids for the contract to build Gulf Relateds $1bn Al-Maryah Central retail complex in Abu Dhabi.
The companies that have submitted bids are understood to include:
- Alec (local)
- Al-Futtaim Carillion (local/UK)
- Arabian Construction Company (local/Lebanon)
- Six Construct Abu Dhabi (local/Belgium) / Oger Abu Dhabi (Saudi Arabia)
The project involves building a 170,000-square-metre retail centre and two towers. The first tower will be a residential tower with serviced apartments, the second will be a hotel with 200-330 rooms.
It will be built on Al-Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi next to Gulf Relateds 35,000 sq m The Galleria mall, which opened in late 2013. Maryah Central is planned to open on 1 March 2018.
Work on the main contract is expected to start by the middle of this year. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on 10 November last year. Germanys Bauer is working on the enabling works package.
The mall has two US-based department stores already leased. Bloomingdales will open its second store in the UAE, and Macys will open its first store outside the US. Al-Tayer Group, which sponsors the two department stores in the UAE, will also operate more than 20 other stores, representing about one-third of Al-Maryah Centrals total leasable space.
The mall will be one of the biggest in the UAE and the largest in central Abu Dhabi.
The project management consultant is US-based Aecom. The cost consultant is the UKs Faithful + Gould.
The client is GR Sowwah Retail, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) created by Gulf Related, which is a joint venture of Abu Dhabis Gulf Capital and US-based Related.