Major contracts awarded on Downtown Jebel Ali

A raft of contracts has been awarded on the massive Downtown Jebel Ali project, which is being developed by Limitless.

Ongoing work at Downtown Jebel Ali: Taisei Corporation has won the contract for the towers. (Dmitry Dolzhanskiy/ITP Images)
Ongoing work at Downtown Jebel Ali: Taisei Corporation has won the contract for the towers. (Dmitry Dolzhanskiy/ITP Images)

A raft of contracts has been awarded on the massive Downtown Jebel Ali project, which is being developed by Limitless.

Japan's Taisei Corporation has secured a US $354 million (AED 1.3 billion) contract for four buildings - two residential and two commercial - which will be situated in the East Quarter of the development.

Piling work has been carried out by Bauer and the land is in the process of being handed over to Taisei.

The local Bin Hafeez recently secured the contract to carry out all infrastructure work for zones one and two (East Quarter and East Central) of the development.

"We had a kick-off meeting a few days ago and they have started construction," said Peter Bisley, development manager, Limitless.

All the grading works have been carried out.

Bisley added that the infrastructure contract for West Quarter and West Central will be awarded in the next 12 weeks, once the tendering documentation is complete.

No value was given for the contract, which will see work completed by the end of 2008/early 2009.

A road construction contract for Interchange 8 on Sheikh Zayed Road, which will service the East Quarter and provide essential transport links to the rest of Dubai, is currently out to tender with the RTA.

Bisley said this contract should be signed in the next four to six weeks. Designs for Interchange 9, which will serve East Quarter and East Central, are still being finalised by the RTA.

Downtown Jebel Ali, a mixed-use urban development, is being built at an estimated value of $13 billion.

It will be a two million m2 urban centre situated between Jebel Ali Free Zone, Techno Park and Dubai Waterfront.

The development will have extensive transport links between each of the four zones that comprise the project and Dubai Metro.

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