Thinet wins cultural village contract

03 October 2003
France's Thinet International has received a letter of award, worth QR 257 million ($70.6 million), for the main package on the cultural village project. The award, made after a repricing exercise took place, is the first major contract won by the contractor in the local market. The project is being handled by a specially-created steering committee (MEED 20:6:03).

The 15-month contract calls for the construction of about 46 one and two-storey buildings ranging from cafes and restaurants to a multi-purpose hall, a cinema and an amphitheatre. The total built-up area will be about 78,000 square metres. The contract also includes associated infrastructure.

Six international and local companies were competing for the award.

The site preparation and basic infrastructure package is being carried out by Qatar Building Company. The cultural village is to be built close to the Aladdin Kingdom theme park and the Intercontinental Hotel in the West Bay area of Doha.

The consultant for the development is the UK's Maunsell.

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