The MEP contract, the largest subcontract package on the landmark building, is valued at more than $210 million (MEED 1:7:05).

One other group, made up of the UK’s Drake & Scull International, the local Thermoand India’s Blue Star, was competing for the contract, which will now be assigned to the main contractor, the South Korean/Belgian/local joint venture of Samsung Corporation, Besixand Arabtec Construction.

The next major subcontract award on Burj Dubai will be for the podium cladding: the cladding package for the tower has already been let to Switzerland’s Schmidlin. Once awarded, the focus will switch to the interior fit-out packages, with three major awards scheduled for 2006. These will cover the office, hotel and apartment fit-out works.

Due to be completed in late 2008, Burj Dubai is set to be the world’s tallest building with a height of well over 700 metres. The project manager is the US’ Turner Construction International.