• Al-Mamsha Saadiyat tender is due to be submitted on 23 March
  • Work covers nine residential buildings on Saadiyat Island
  • Island’s developer, TDIC, has been criticised for treatment of workers

Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) has invited contractors to bid by 23 March for the estimated AED500m ($136m) main construction package on its Al-Mamsha Saadiyat development on Saadiyat Island.

The 21-month deal involves building nine residential buildings of six to nine stories, spread across three plots, with a total of 414 apartments.

The total build-up area is about 100,000 square metres.

The employer’s representative for the project is UK consultancy EC Harris.

TDIC has several upcoming projects on Saadiyat Island. Last year, it received prequalification documents from contractors for the enabling works for the large shopping mall it plans to build. Known as the District, the 168,000-sq-m retail centre will connect to the Louvre, Guggenheim and Zayed National museums, which are at various stages of development on the island. Once complete, the mall will have 500 retail outlets and entertainment venues.

The developer and its projects on Saadiyat Island were recently criticised by US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) for abuses of workers’ rights. Refuting the claims, TDIC highlighted a yearly audit conducted by UK consultancy PwC on labour practices on its projects.