Two international engineering firms have won the first construction contracts on the first phase of the $600m Al-Rayyan Hills real estate development in Yemen.

Al-Yemania al-Qatariah Real Estate Investment & Development Company, the developer of Al-Rayyan Hills, has appointed Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) as the main design-and-build contractor on the scheme, and Qatar Project Management Company as the project manager.

One executive at Al-Yemania al-Qatariah tells MEED that the developer awarded both the deals after negotiating directly with the contractors.

Al-Yemania al-Qatariah is an 80:20 joint venture of state-owned real estate developer Qatari Diar and Yemeni real estate investment authority General Holding Corporation for Real Estate & Investment Development (Shibam).

Al-Yemania al-Qatariah will build the 440,000-square-metre mixed-use real estate development in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, in four phases.

Phase one of the development covers the construction of 172 luxury villas, a residential tower with 59 apartments, and supporting infrastructure for the wider development. If the contractors perform well on the first phase, they will probably be awarded the main construction deals on later phases of the scheme, says the executive.

In the second phase of the development, the winning contractors will build a five-star hotel and a mosque. In the third and fourth phases, they will build townhouses and further villas, says the executive.

Al-Yemania al-Qatariah has yet to set deadlines for the work.