The works will be executed on Sir Bani Yas island, and involves the construction of artificial reef defences and two groynes, which interrupt the flow of water and sediment.

TDIC Leighton Contracting is the joint venture contracting company established by the local Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) and Australia’s Gulf Leighton.

The joint venture was awarded the Desert Islands project in late April when it won contracts totalling $435m to build hotel, resorts and golf course projects in Abu Dhabi.

Other projects include a tourist village on Saadiyat island, a five-star hotel adjacent to the Abu Dhabi national golf course, the Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Resort, and the 18-hole Gary Player golf course.

The contracts also included the construction of a headquarters for TDIC and its parent, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (MEED 30:4:08).