Mall of Arabia goes for bid

05 May 2006

The largest contract on the $2,000 million City of Arabia project in Dubailand has gone to bid, with the release of tender documents for the Mall of Arabia package. Prequalifiers have been given until 26 June to submit bids for the MC02 package, which involves the construction of one of the world's largest shopping centres (MEED 21:10:05).

Prequalifiers for the package include: a three-way joint venture (JV) of the local Arabtec Construction, Lebanon's Arabian Construction Company (ACC) and the local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Construct; and the local/South African JV of Al-Habtoor Engineering Enterprises and Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East).

The package will involve the construction of a low-rise, 530,000-square-metre mall on four levels comprising two levels of car parking and two levels of retail, a 400-room, four-star hotel, a three-star hotel of similar size and 26 villas (MEED 21:10:05).

Tendering is under way for a number of other packages on the City of Arabia project, including the people mover, the first Wadi Walk buildings and the main infrastructure package (MEED 24:3:06).

The local Middle East Foundations has completed the piling works for the entire project, which includes the mall and 34 mixed-use towers. Hong Kong-based P&T Architects & Engineers is the engineering and design consultant, the UK's Hyder Consulting is the infrastructure consultant and the US' Hill International is the project manager.

The local I&M Galadari Group is the client.

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