The project involves the construction of academic buildings including a 25-metre domed building designed to complement the tower at the original Sorbonne University in Paris, two lecture wings, a library, auditorium, administrative buildings, and a dining plaza. The total built-up area is 93,000 square metres.

The contract also includes the construction of student residences, a sports hall and parking structures. The project will be completed in two phases; the first to be completed by August 2009, the second 12 months later.

The client is Abu Dhabi government-controlled Mubadala Development Company.