Contracts for Dubai's The Heart of Europe awarded

Developer of project on The World islands says third due within days

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Two contractors have already been appointed to carry out work on The Heart of Europe project, with a third tender set to be awarded within days.

Developer Kleindienst Group announced earlier this week that it will soon begin building work on the cluster of six islands on The World development off Dubai's coast.

In an exclusive interview with Construction Week, chief executive Josef Kleindienst said that construction work for all six islands will be carriied out simultaneounsly.

The entire $850m scheme is due to complete by the end of 2016, although Kleindienst expects that some of the phases will be operational earlier than this.

"We have awarded two contracts already, with a third to be awarded within two to three days," he said.

"One of the two contractors already awarded a contract is in the tender process for the third, so until this third contract is awarded, we can’t reveal any names,” he said.

“We have not yet issued tenders for the construction of the buildings on the islands. We don’t yet know how many companies will be involved but we will be issuing at least six tenders, including the three we have already issued," he added.

Kleindienst said that Dubai-based Mubarak Marine has already been appointed to ship equipment out to the islands, and that mobilisation for vibro-compaction of the reclaimed islands has already begun. This work needs to complete before any construction activity can start on site.

Once complete, the project will contain six hotels, F&B units and retail themed around different European countries including Austria, Germany, Spain and France. There will also be an outdoor climate control system that will regulate wind speed, humidity and temperatures on the islands.

Dubai-based shipping firm Mubarak Marine has been appointed to begin shipping some of the 600 tonnes of equipment that will be required to build the project.

The World is a series of 300 islands that have been built 4.5km off Dubai's coastline. The 9km-long islands were completed in 2008 by master developer Nakheel, and Kleindienst had initially broke ground at the site in 2010 until a legal spat between the pair halted work. This was resolved in May last year.

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