The project involves the construction of a 337,000 square metre ski dome, two hotels and a retail area. The total built-up area is 459,000 square metres.

The contract will be awarded using a two-stage tender process. Contractors will submit preliminary prices and rates as part of the first stage. In the second stage the client will select a bidder to join a project team, that will then choose subcontractors and suppliers ahead of a formal award.

Work is expected to start on the site in February 2009.

The client is understood to be in negotiations over a contract for the enabling and piling works.

The ski resort is part of Tamouh’s Jebel Hafeet Glacier development of residential buildings at the base of the slope.

The lead consultant is Germany’s Wenzel & Wenzel. The project manager is UK-based EC Harris (MEED 15:2:08).