Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) has awarded a Dhs142m ($38.6m) marine works contract to AST, a Dubai-based construction company. The contract covers dredging and construction of a 2 km quay wall and pontoons for the Fishermen's Marina at the Al Bateen Wharf urban redevelopment project. The marine work has already commenced and is expected to take a year to complete. Featuring berths for 320 fishing vessels and 38 racing dhows, the marina is part of an effort to revitalise Abu Dhabi's Al Bateen district. TDIC is redeveloping 54,000 square metres at Al Bateen into a signature waterfront destination with a luxury five-star Al Bateen Wharf Hotel complex.