Tender out for Etisalat tower project

16 August 2002

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) has invited about 10 international and local companies to submit bids by 29 October for the main building package for its proposed new headquarters in Dubai (MEED 2:11:01).

Prospective bidders for the estimated $70 million-75 million contract include the local Arab Technical Construction Company (Arabtec);the local Al-Hamed Development & Constructionwith JA Jones Construction Company of the US; the local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Construct; Dubai Contracting Company; the local affiliate of Athens-based Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas); and South Korea's Samsung Corporation.

The main building package will cover the construction of a 33-storey inclined office tower and a three-storey car park. The development will have a total built-up area of 67,182 square metres - 44,590 square metres for the proposed tower and the remainder for the car park.

The 30-month lump sum contract will include shoring, excavation, structural works, finishes, mechanical, electrical and plumbing works, and landscaping.

The local office of Germany's Bauer International carried out the piling package (MEED 21:12:01).

The building will be located in the Al-Kifaf area, beside Trade Centre roundabout. The project was first proposed in the mid 1990s. Originally, it was earmarked for construction on a plot of land close to Etisalat's headquarters in Deira.

The consultant is the UK's Shankland Cox; the project manager is the US' Turner International. The UK's WS Atkins Internationalis the subconsultant for structural works.

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