The bidders for the two-stage tender are Dubai-based Al-Habtoor Engineering Enterprises in a joint venture with Australia’s Gulf Leighton, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) and Spain’s OHL. With US-based Contrack International.

Located at Education City on the outskirts of Doha, the complex will include a nine-storey hospital and accommodation for 350 nurses. The hospital, which is due to open in 2010, will have about 380 beds. It will also serve as the primary teaching hospital of Weill Cornell Medical College Qatar, a branch of the New York-based medical school. The scheme will be supported by a $7,900 million endowment from the foundation.

US-based Cesar Pelli & Associates is the architect for the project, while Ellerbe Becket, also of the US, is the design consultant. The project manager on Education City is the local office of KEO International Consultants. Project construction is being handled by Qatar Petroleum on behalf of the client, the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community Development.