Originally the closing date was 27 May. It was first pushed back to 29 June and has now been delayed until 29 July.

According to one contractor bidding on the project, there are still concerns over the scope of the contract, particularly the supply of medical equipment.

“They should have split up the package into a site package, a structures package and a medical equipment package, rather than incorporating it all together,” he says.

The hospital, which will have 1,050 beds, is located in South Surra and will be the largest hospital in the state when it is completed in 2011.

Kuwait’s Public Works Ministry is the client.

The local/US team of Gulf Consult and Langdon Wilson is the design consultant (MEED 25:05:08).