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.