Saudi Binladin wins deal to build Dubai aquatic centre

26 August 2008
Saudi Binladin Group has been awarded the estimated AED1.1bn ($300m) design and build contract for an aquatic sports centre in Dubai. It will be used to host the World Swimming Championships in April 2010.

Dubai Municipality is the client.

The consultancy team working on the project consists of Faulkner Browns as the architect, Arup as the engineer and Davis Langdon as the cost consultant, all of the UK.

The emirate was awarded the right to host the 10th World Swimming Championships in 2006 by the sport's Paris-based governing body, the Federation Internationale de Natation (Fina).

The races will be held in a 10-lane, 25-metre pool. The event is held every two years. In 2008, it was held in Manchester in the UK (MEED 18:6:08).

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