Kele Contracting wins Omniyat Maritime City deal

Contractor to deliver $163mn Anwa project for developer Omniyat

Mark Phoenix with a model of Opus, Omniyat's Zaha Hadid-designed hotel project at Business Bay.
Mark Phoenix with a model of Opus, Omniyat's Zaha Hadid-designed hotel project at Business Bay.

Kele Contracting has been appointed to build Amwa, the new 48-storey, $163mn tower that is being built at Dubai Maritime City for developer Omniyat.

"We’ve just awarded the main contract to Kele [and] we’re just awarding the piling," Omniyat's managing director Mark Phoenix told CW. "We don’t have a basement on this contract so we’ve tried to keep it really simple in terms of construction.

"We just have piles that will go off it and our parking is in the podium."

He said that the project will be built as a fitted residential building, with kitchens and bathroom equipment installed. He anticipates that it will take two years for the project to complete. A piling contractor is due to be appointed within 3-4 weeks, with a view to that work completing by the end of the year and Kele moving on site early next year.

Phoenix added that the project had received strong interest despite the fact that it has not had a formal launch.

"We’ve just been showing people the building. We did a very soft launch six weeks ago where we really just talked to investors and agents about the project, and the take-up has been phenomenal. We have already secured 25 floors out of the 45. It has exceeded our expectations."

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