Dubai Health Authority has received bids for the contract to build Al-Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital.

The companies, which bid on 11 November, include the local/Australian Al-Habtoor Leighton Group, Italy’s Astaldi with the local Alec, Italy’s Bonatti, and the local/UK Al-Futtaim Carillion.

The successful bidder will build the 200-bed hospital next to the Al-Wasl Hospital, close to Dubai Creek and Garhoud Bridge on Oud Metha road (MEED 23:10:09).

Contractors expect the health authority to award the contract by the end of 2009.

The hospital will have medical wards, surgeries, a 370-seat auditorium, underground parking for 200 cars, and ground-level parking for 270 cars.

The total built-up area is 105,000 square metres.

The hospital’s facilities will include mental health, rehabilitation, oncology and nephrology units.

The project is the second hospital scheme that has been tendered in Dubai during 2009. In late September, the local Al-Sahel Contracting Company won an estimated AED200m ($54m) contract to build an extension to the Iranian Hospital for the Iranian Red Crescent Society on Al-Wasl road.

The Iranian Hospital extension will have a total built-up area of about 62,000 square metres. The scheme will take two years to complete.