The client, the local Al-Azizah United General Trading & Contracting Company,is expected to prequalify eight companies. A tender is due to be issued by the end of December. Contractors will be given at least 45 days to submit bids.

Estimated to cost KD 20 million ($64 million), the project will be carried out in five packages over 33 months. Package 1 will cover the construction of: a 308-room hotel offering standard and twin rooms and junior, senior and deluxe suites; 78 service apartments; 17 independent and two-bedroom chalets; and a wedding hall and two adjoining dining halls with capacity for 2,000 people. It will also entail the construction of three restaurants, a coffee shop, lobby area, two-level car park for 207 vehicles, spa, three swimming pools and extensive landscaping works.

Package 2 will cover the marine works, which call for the construction of the existing slipway and breakwater and the construction of a small bridge to connect the two. The other packages will cover the supply and installation of kitchen equipment for the new hotel, wedding hall and restaurants, and furnishing and fittings.

The design consultant is the US’ Skidmore Owings & Merill, with the local Gulf Consult. The project manager is EC Harris, of the UK.