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ASGC inks $132m deal with RTA for Union Museum

Dubai contractor to build museum to mark the formation of the United Arab Emirates in 1971

The Union Museum project will be build by Dubai contractor ASGC.
The Union Museum project will be build by Dubai contractor ASGC.

Dubai-based construction group Al Shafar General Contracting has been awarded a $132m (AED488m) contract to build the Union Museum project by the Roads and Transport Authority.

This new museum will chronicle the history of the UAE and will be located adjacent to Dubai’s Union House, where the country’s rulers signed the constitution of the UAE on 2 December 1971.

In a statement, the company said the win was significant, and entailed “building of eight distinct sections, each corresponding to specific historical periods or themes, in addition to all supporting facilities.”

Bishoy Azmy, CEO of ASGC, said; “As a local UAE business, we are proud to win this culturally important contract to build the Union Museum. This new facility will chronicle and celebrate the UAE’s rich heritage and educate current and future generations, as well as international visitors, on the proud history of this country.

Across our business, our growth momentum continues as we access new and diversified sectors and industries that accelerate our expansion not only within the UAE, but also within select and dynamic markets across the region. We are uniquely positioned for steady growth in the years ahead as we leverage our 25-year history, our strong client relationships, and our widely respected expertise as an integrated construction group.”

The museum is being built next to Union House, the location of the signing of the document that formed the UAE more than 40 years ago, and the first phase of the project was completed last year. That included site preparation, shifting and protecting artifacts and exhibits, constructing a six-metre high boundary wall, demolishing the existing aging buildings on site, and moving utility lines.

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