Prequals invited for Messilah project

01 November 2002

The local Al-Azizah United General Trading & Contracting Company has invited companies to prequalify by 16 November for a contract to build a new five-star seafront hotel at Messilah, southeast of Kuwait City (Kuwait, MEED Special Report, 28:7:02, page 28).

Estimated to cost about 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 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, a lobby area, a two-level car park for 207 vehicles, a spa facility, three swimming pools and extensive landscaping works. The proposed facilities will have a total built-up area of 86,000 square metres. The new hotel will be built after demolition of an existing facility.

Package 2 will cover the marine works and calls for extensions to the existing slipway and breakwater and the construction of a small bridge to connect the two.

Package 3 will cover offsite works related to upgrading the existing Kuwait Municipality park at Messilah beach, the construction of a new access road to the proposed development and sewerage connections.

Packages 4 and 5 will cover the supply and installation of kitchen equipment for the new hotel, wedding hall and restaurants; and furnishing and fitting.

The design consultant is the US' Skidmore Owings & Merill,in association with the local Gulf Consult. The project manager is the UK's EC Harris.

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