The centrepiece of the $55 million main package will be the construction of a 90-metre reinforced concrete tower, which will house the 300-room hotel. The enabling works package was carried out by Germany’s Bauer. The consultant on the project is Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners).

The prospective bidders are:

Alfred & Jacques Matta, local

Almabani General Contractors Company, local/Saudi, with ULCC, local

Arabian Civil Works Company (ACW), local, with AGC

Arabian Construction Company (ACC), local

Ashada, local

Butec, local

Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), Athens-based

Construction Development Company (CDC), Qatar, with United Contractors & Engineers (UCE), local

Karagulla Engineering & Contracting Company, local

Kettaneh Construction, local

Michel Abi Nader Entreprises (Man), local

Mohamed Abdulmohsin Kharafi & Sons, Kuwait

S Mokbel & Partners, local

Ramco Trading & Contracting, local

Societe d’Entreprises Abdel Rahman Hourie, local.