Abu Dhabiinvestment fund Mubadala Dev-elopment Company has received the first bids due this month for contracts worth in total AED10.5bn ($2.9bn) to build two hospitals in the emirate.

Mubadala has received bids from at least three groups for the AED5.5bn contract to design and build the new Tawam Hospital in Al-Ain. The value of the bids is not yet known.

The bidders include the local/UK Al-Futtaim Carillion with the local Al-Fara’a General Contracting Company; the local/Australian Al-Habtoor Leighton Group with South Africa’s Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East); a joint venture of the local/Lebanese Arabian Construction Company (ACC) with France’s Bouygues; and Australia’s Multiplex.

The other prequalifiers for the contract included Greece’s Aktor; the local/UK Aldar Laing O’Rourke; and the local Al-Naboodah Contracting with Spain’s Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL), although it is not yet clear whether any of these groups also submitted bids.

“The project involves building an eight-storey hospital to replace the existing hospital at Al-Ain”

The project involves building an eight-storey hospital next to the existing hospital in Al-Ain.

It will include clinics, in-patient units, operating theatres, an accident and emergency unit, diagnostic centres and teaching and research facilities. It will replace the existing hospital in Al-Ain, which opened in 1979.

The second contract is for the Cleveland Clinic on Sowwah Island, next to Abu Dhabi Island.

This project involves the construction of a 360-bed, 220,000- square-metre hospital with parking for 3,200 cars. Contractors are preparing to submit commercial bids for the estimated AED5bn construction contract on 10 January.

Six groups filed technical bids for the Cleveland Clinic job in mid September.

They were 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 subsidiary Oger Abu Dhabi; and the local/Belgian Six Construct Abu Dhabi with South Korea’s Samsung Corporation.