The latest contract calls for the construction of a 40-storey tower and a five-level podium that will house a clubhouse, gymnasium, spa, banqueting halls and a swimming pool deck. The hotel will be connected to Dubai Mall, which was awarded to a joint venture of the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty (DBB)and Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) in late 2004. The consultant is Meinhardt Singapore and US-based Turner Construction Internationalis the project manager.

Other hotel awards include the 300-metre-high Lake View hotel and serviced apartments, which was awarded to the local/Belgian joint venture of Arabtec Constructionand Bel Hasa Six Construct in October; a Giorgio Armanihotel in the Burj Dubai tower; and two hotels in the Old Town district, to be managed by South Africa’s Southern Sun Hotel(MEED 7:10:05).