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Revealed: Citymax RAK on track after 45-day delay

Soil conditions delayed work at the project by around 45 days, but the main contractor tells Construction Week that work at Citymax RAK is progressing smoothly

Citymax owns properties in Bur Dubai and Al Barsha.
Citymax owns properties in Bur Dubai and Al Barsha.

A keen understanding of local soil conditions helped contractors working on the Citymax Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) project avoid large delays. 

Citymax RAK was launched in 2014 as part of expansion plans by hotel operator Citymax, which owns facilities in Bur Dubai, Al Barsha, and Sharjah. 

The facility is currently under construction by the creek in the Al Nakheel area of the city.

Beaver Gulf, a UAE-based construction conglomerate, is the hotel's main contractor. 

Speaking to Construction Week, Rajesh Kumar Krishna, CEO and chairman of the contracting firm, said the hotel's completion and handover deadline is January 2017. 

"We're on track with construction works, even though we [were] behind schedule due to unfavourable site conditions," he explained. 

"Because the site is very close to the sea and the water level is too high, we faced some problems initially. 

"Site conditions delayed us by around 45 days, but we've recovered, and the hotel is on track now." 

Krishna said Citymax RAK is the first structure in its vicinity to comprise almost three basement levels. 

"Given those site conditions, any contractors would have faced the same challenges. 

"But we've gone past [those snags] and are now working on the structure," Krishna added. 

Citymax RAK is being built using in situ construction techniques. 

At the time of its launch in 2014, developers said the hotel is close to Manar Mall and 15 minutes from RAK Airport.   

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