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HLG awarded $515m contract for Habtoor Palace

Development will be largest integrated hotel complex in Middle East

Front row: Laurie Voyer and Mohammed Khalaf Al Habtoor at the signing.
Front row: Laurie Voyer and Mohammed Khalaf Al Habtoor at the signing.

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Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) has been awarded a $515m contract by the Al Habtoor Group as part of the $1.33bn Habtoor Palace hotels development in Dubai.

Under the agreement, HLG will be responsible for construction of what will become the largest integrated hotel complex in the Middle East, comprising a five-level podium, one 36-storey tower and one 25-storey tower within a total gross floor area of 350,000m2.

The landmark development will include:

  • 1,600 hotel rooms, spread between three hotels (lifestyle, luxury and main)
  • An iconic Las Vegas-style ‘aqua’ theatre
  • A French provincial-inspired garden
  • Food and beverage venues

The new development will be located on the site of the existing Metropolitan Hotel, Dubai’s oldest hotel, on Sheikh Zayed Road at the southernmost point of the Old Town development, which includes the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall.

Design for the development commenced on 1 January. Demolition of the existing Metropolitan is scheduled to commence at the end of March, with early works likely to begin in June.

The development is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2016.

HLG CEO and MD Laurie Voyer said he was delighted to have reached agreement with the Al Habtoor Group on such a large-scale project.

“We have successfully completed a number of projects for the Al Habtoor Group in the past, including the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa and Metropolitan Palace Hotel, and have always maintained a good working relationship with them.

“We look forward to working with them again to create a development that will be a landmark for not only Dubai, but the entire Middle East.

“Our team has spent the better part of six months working with the team from the Al Habtoor Group to finalise the contract for this prestigious project,” said Voyer.

HLG has constructed many of Dubai’s most well-known hotels, including the seven-star Burj Al Arab, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the Dubai Shangri-la Hotel and the Madinat Jumeirah.

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