The larger of the two contracts, package 9, is estimated to be worth AED 450 million ($123 million). It covers the general construction, architectural finishes and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) works for the proposed conference centre and palace. Bids are due to be returned by 23 March.

For package 10, estimated to be worth AED 200 million ($55 million), bids are due to be submitted by 16 April. It involves the general construction, architectural finishes, MEP works, ramps and parking facilities for the proposed east and west hotels.

Prospective bidders for both packages are understood to include the UK’s Balfour Beatty, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), Interbeton of the Netherlands, John Laing Construction of the UK, Canada’s Milne & Nichol, South Korea’s Samsung Corporation, and Belgium’s Six Construct.

Bids are due to be returned by 6 April for package 12 which covers the supply and installation of 83 elevators for the proposed facilities. In total, there are 16 separate bid packages on the project.

The convention centre is being built to host the GCC summit in late 2004. The UK’s Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WAT&G) is the project architect and the US’ Turner International is the project manager (MEED 3:8:01).