The local Khansaheb Civil Engineering has won a AED250m ($68m) contract to carry out the extension work at the Ritz Carlton hotel at Dubai Marina, in the UAE.

Khansaheb was awarded the contract in July and is already working on the site.

The extension work involves building two basement floors, a ground floor and five upper floors. The extension will cover a total area of 36,000 square metres and increase the capacity of the hotel by 163 rooms to bring the total number of rooms to 301. The works will also add 10 private dining rooms to the complex.

The extension work involves building two basement floors, a ground floor and five upper floors

It is estimated that the work will take two years to complete. The consultant for the project is the local Rice Perry Ellis. The local Al-Mulla & Sons is the client.

In 2005, the French/local joint venture of Bouygues Batiment International and Target Engineering Construction Company was awarded an estimated $275m contract to build another Ritz Carlton hotel at the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).

The project is still ongoing and is expected to be finished by the end of 2010.

The client for the project is Dubai property company Union Properties (UP). Earlier in the year UP declared it was seeking to sell the Ritz Carlton hotel at DIFC to enable it to pay off debts (MEED 1:2:10).