The group comprising the local Emirates Trading Agency (ETA), India's Voltasand Japan's Hitachi Planthas been nominated by the local Emaar Propertiesto carry out the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) package on the estimated $900 million Burj Dubai tower project.
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.