Abu Dhabi-based developer Mubadala Real Estate & Hospitality has received technical bids for the contract to build the Rosewood Abu Dhabi hotel on Sowwah Island.

Commercial bids will be submitted on 13 October.

The project covers the construction of a five-star hotel with 189 rooms and 139 serviced apartments, a retail area, basement parking and facilities such as a pool, health club and spa. The total built-up area is about 100,000 square metres (MEED 18:9:09).

The architect is San Francisco-based Handel Architects and the architect of record is the local Serex International. The structural engineer is Seattle-based Magnusson Klemencic Associates. The mechanical, electrical and plumbing consultant is UK-based WSP. EC Harris, also of the UK, is the quantity surveyor.

Sowwah Island is located between Reem Island and the port area of Abu Dhabi Island. A number of other projects are planned for the island. Mubadala is also tendering the contract to build the estimated AED5bn ($1.4bn) Cleveland Clinic.

In mid-September various consortiums submitted technical bids. The bidders are the local/Australian Al-Habtoor Leighton Group; Spain’s Obrascon Huarte Lain with the local Al-Naboodah Contracting; the local Arabtec Construction with Greece’s Aktor; the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty with Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company; Saudi Oger’s local subsidiary Oger Abu Dhabi; and the local/Belgian Six Construct Abu Dhabi with South Korea’s Samsung Corporation.

The deadline for commercial bids is late October.

Contractors have already started work on other parts of the island. Oger Abu Dhabi, the local affiliate of Saudi Oger is working on Sowwah Square buildings. Dubai-based Al-Naboodah Construction Group is working on the island’s infrastructure, which includes bridges connecting to Abu Dhabi Island.