The local Alec and Canada’s Brookfield Multiplex have been shortlisted for the contract to build Gulf Related’s $1bn Al-Maryah Central retail complex in Abu Dhabi.

At least five submitted bids in January for the project, which involves building a 170,000-square-metre retail centre and two towers. The first tower will be a residential tower with serviced apartments, the second will be a hotel with 200-330 rooms. When complete, the mall will be one of the biggest in the UAE and the largest in central Abu Dhabi.

It will be built on Al-Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi next to Gulf Related’s 35,000 sq m The Galleria mall, which opened in late 2013. Al-Maryah Central is planned to open on 1 March 2018.

Work on the main contract is expected to start by the middle of this year. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on 10 November last year. Germany’s Bauer is working on the enabling works package.

The other bidders that submitted offers in January are the local/UK Al-Futtaim Carillion, the local/Lebanese Arabian Construction Company (ACC), and a joint venture of the llocal/Belgian Six Construct Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia’s Oger Abu Dhabi.

The project management consultant is US-based Aecom. The cost consultant is the UK’s Faithful + Gould.

The client is GR Sowwah Retail, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) created by Gulf Related, which is a joint venture of Abu Dhabi’s Gulf Capital and US-based Related.

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