Three groups submitted offers – the local AA Nass Contracting with South Africa’s Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East), the local Cebarco with Australia’s Multiplex Construction and Malaysia’s WCT, the local Chapo with India’s Larsen & Toubro. One other prospective bidding group, the team of Cyprus-based GP Zachariades (GPZ – Overseas) and Saudi Arabia’s El-Seif Engineering Contracting Establishment, declined to bid.

The contract covers a three-storey mall with a total built-up area of 435,000 square metres and two 17-storey hotels, located in the Seef district of Manama. Also included in the development will be a water park and multiplex cinema. Completion is due by the end of 2007.

The UK’s Mace International is the project manager; Mott MacDonald, also of the UK, is the lead consultant (MEED 21:10:05).