The contract, known as package 11, includes the dredging of up to 1 million cubic metres of material, the construction of a 100-metre-long breakwater, a quay wall for a raised beach and piling for a floating dock. The facilities will take 16 months to complete.

More work is due to be awarded by the end of June. Revised prices have been submitted for the estimated AED 200 million ($54.5 million) package 10, which originally covered the general construction, architectural finishes and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) works for the proposed centre. However, it is now expected that the client will divide the package into two separate contracts, with the first covering the general construction and architectural finishes and the other for the MEP works.

The convention centre is being built to host the GCC summit in late 2004. The project is being tendered in a total of 16 packages. Bids are due to be returned by mid July for package 12 – granite cladding works for the proposed convention centre.

The project architect is the UK’s Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WAT&G) in alliance with the local KEO International Consultants. The US’ Turner International is the project manager. The client is the Abu Dhabi government (MEED 29:3:02).