The 36-month project will be carried out over two designated areas. At area A the scope of work includes: up to 5.5 million cubic metres of dredging for the harbour; revetment; and the construction of mass concrete block quay walls, breakwaters, four new souks, a cafeteria, a service compound and a mosque.

The client has asked prospective bidders to include a provision for diaphragm walls as an alternative to the proposed mass concrete quay walls.

Area B of the project will cover: the construction of pontoons at the existing dhow harbour; the demolition of the existing fishermen’s accommodation and the construction of three blocks of new accommodation, each of two storeys; the construction of access roads; the demolition of the existing market; and the refurbishment of the area near the existing harbour.

The consultant is Gibb Middle East, part of the UK’s Gibb.