The Ministry of Public Works & Housing (MPWH) has invited contractors to bid by 5 September for the design and build contract to build two hospitals in Sharjah and Ajman. The hospitals are part of an estimated AED 500 million ($136 million) plan to build five hospitals across the federation (MEED 29:10:04).
The larger project calls for the construction of a women and children's hospital in Sharjah with 182 beds and costing about AED 120 million ($33 million). The facility will include obstetric and gynaecology departments. The smaller hospital located in Ajman's Masfoot district will house 30 beds providing medical, obstetric and include surgical units. Total project costs are estimated at about AED 18 million ($5 million). The consultant on both projects is the local Al-Turath Consultants with New Zealand-based Peddle Thorp Architects. A tender is also due to be issued in September for the estimated AED 115 million ($31 million) Umm al-Qaiwain general hospital, which will have 150 beds. Another general hospital with 150 beds in Ras al-Khaimah and the Al-Amal psychiatric hospital in Dubai, also with 150 beds, are expected to go out to tender in 2006. US-based Rossettiis the consultant. MPWH is also planning to expand Khalifa hospital in Ajman. The estimated AED 40 million ($11 million) project will see the addition of 40 beds. Abu Dhabi-based Al-Hashemi Engineering Consultantsis the consultant. www.meed.com/construction
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