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Middle East's top 10 contract wins of May 2018

A roundup of the most lucrative contracts awarded for building projects in the Middle East in May

Shindagha Bridge features an infinity-shaped arch.
Shindagha Bridge features an infinity-shaped arch.
ALEC won the Deira Waterfront Phase 1 contract.
ALEC won the Deira Waterfront Phase 1 contract.
Expansion of Sharjah Airport is an ongoing UAE project.
Expansion of Sharjah Airport is an ongoing UAE project.
Emicool is a subsidiary of Dubai Investments.
Emicool is a subsidiary of Dubai Investments.
Saudi is pumping capital into Bahrain's healthcare expansion efforts.
Saudi is pumping capital into Bahrain's healthcare expansion efforts.
The Cairo build is one of the first non-UAE projects won by Arabtec in over a year.
The Cairo build is one of the first non-UAE projects won by Arabtec in over a year.
Etihad Rail will stitch together Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Oman by 2024.
Etihad Rail will stitch together Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Oman by 2024.
SNC-Lavalin won a $42m EPC contractin Saudi Arabia.
SNC-Lavalin won a $42m EPC contractin Saudi Arabia.
Evershine Contracting will build 10 towers for Azizi.
Evershine Contracting will build 10 towers for Azizi.

10. Besix bags infrastructure contract for $107m Shindagha Bridge

Belhasa Six Construct, part of Belgium's BESIX Group, secured a contract of undisclosed value to work on Dubai’s $107.3m (AED394m) Shindagha Bridge.

The company was named the project's infrastructure contractor.

The bridge is part of an ongoing $1.37bn (AED5.1bn) Shindagha Corridor project, and features an architectural arch designed to look like the mathematical symbol for infinity.

9. Deira Waterfront Phase 1 contract won by ALEC

ALEC's bid was competitive enough to win a Phase 1 construction deal for Plot 4 of the Deira Waterfront Development project in Dubai.

ALEC’s contract includes construction of a three-storey podium, two office buildings with between four and eight floors, and a hotel of up to eight levels with a rooftop area. Mechanical, electric, and plumbing (MEP) work is included in the contract for the 43,835m² project, which will be carried out in addition to construction work for Palm Deira Metro Station.

The value of the contract was not disclosed.

8. Three deals worth $27m signed for Sharjah airport expansion

Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA) inked three agreements worth $27m (AED100m) for its airport expansion.

ADP Ingénierie will be responsible for design and construction supervision, and Core Engineering Consultancy will oversee and manage the demolition of existing structures. The design-build of a new sewage treatment plant was awarded to Metito Overseas Limited.

The agreement with ADP Ingénierie includes directing, managing, and monitoring all aspects of the expansion project to ensure all project requirements are met and implemented. 

Core will provide consultancy services for the design, construction, and supervision of professional services for the new GSE Vehicle Maintenance Facility.

Metito will manage the design-build of the new sewage treatment plant and associated works, plus an effluent processing and treatment facility.

7. Emicool wins Expo 2020 Dubai district cooling contract

Emirates District Cooling (Emicool), a subsidiary of Dubai Investments, won a contract to develop a district cooling plant for Expo 2020 Dubai.

The district cooling facility will serve the Expo Village and Dubai South Mall, in addition to the Conference and Exhibition Centre, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) station, and the Project Star mall area.

Al Nasr Contracting Company was appointed by Emicool as the contractor for the project. 

Phase 1 of the project is expected to start the delivery of chilled water in May 2019. The project will have a capacity of 60,000 tonnes of refrigeration (TR) upon completion, including 48,000 TR of mechanical chillers and 12,000 of thermal energy storage. 

6. Azizi awards $27m contract for Meydan homes 

Azizi Developments has awarded Tasmeem Building Contracting (TBCI) a $27.7m (AED102m) contract to build 242 units in Dubai's mixed-use Meydan Avenue community.

TBCI will build three low-rise apartment blocks, called Azizi Gardens, Azizi Park Avenue, and Azizi Greenfield.

The 242 apartments are spread across a mix of one- and two-bedroom units and all three buildings will have landscaped parks, communal gardens, and waterfront features. 

Mirwais Azizi, chairman of Azizi Developments, said the three projects reflected the developer's "commitment to sustainable developments projects". 

He added: "Azizi Gardens, Azizi Greenfield, and Azizi Park Avenue are a true reflection of our commitment to providing the best community living experience and to creating urban neighbourhoods."

5. Bahrain awards $30m Muharraq hospital contract to Saudi firm

Saleh Abdullah Al-Mahana has won contract to build a long-term care centre for a new hospital in Muharraq, Bahrain.

It will have 100 beds for long-term patients, an emergency waiting area, a brain paralysis wing, x-ray rooms, laboratory, a pharmacy, a physiotherapy unit, offices, and a building for non-medical services.

Phase 1 is set to cost $30m (BHD11.6m), construction will start in Q3 2018, and is expected to last approximately two years, according to the Bahrain News Agency. 

The contract was awarded by Bahrain’s Works, Municipalities Affairs, and Urban Planning Minister, Essam bin Abdulla Khalaf, to Saleh Abdullah Al-Mahana toward the end of May.

The development is part of an integrated medical complex, which includes a maternity hospital, a specialist multiple sclerosis unit, and a wing for the elderly.

4. Arabtec nets $43m Uptown Cairo contract

Arabtec Construction won a $43m (AED157m) contract for the Uptown Cairo master project from Emaar Misr. 

The contract comprises the construction of Phases 3 and 4 of Village E Levana of the master planned development, located in the heart of Egypt's capital city.

The two phases cover the construction of 128 villas along with the surrounding roadworks and infrastructure, and the total built up area of both is 61,000m². 

Arabtec Holding’s group chief executive officer, Hamish Tyrwhitt, commented: "The Uptown Cairo Project award marks one of the first projects we have been awarded outside the UAE in over a year."

3. Etihad Rail contracts for Stages 2 and 3 awarded

French group Egis won a project management consultancy (PMC) contract for Stages 2 and 3 of Etihad Rail.

The project's 264km network will be expanded between now and 2024. Stage 2 will be expanded by more than 600km, while Stage 3 will get a 250km extension.

Egis will oversee and supervise various stakeholders, including the engineering consultant responsible for preliminary design and construction supervision; the design and build contractors, once they are appointed; and other third parties.

Upon completion in 2024, the network will link the UAE to Saudi Arabia and Oman.

2. SNC-Lavalin wins $42m EPC contract 

SNC-Lavalin won an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to expand Jabal Omar Development Company's district cooling site in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

Central District Cooling Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Tabreed, gave Canadian outfit SNC-Lavalin a $42m (SAR160m) EPC contract to set up the infrastructure needed to increase cooling capacity at the Mekkah site by a quarter.

The contract includes design, procurement, construction, and commissioning of an extra of 12,000 refrigeration tons (RT), including all the equipment, energy transfer stations, and a chilled water network. 

The win for the Canadian contractor came in the same month as SNC-Lavalin paid $88m to settle two class action lawsuits for what it said was alleged "misrepresentation" of its operations during 2009 and 2011. 

1. Evershine wins $152m 10-tower main contract for Dubai's Azizi Riviera

Azizi Developments features for the second time in Construction Week's list of the top contract wins of May 2018.

Evershine Contracting was selected by the developer to start Phase 4 construction of Azizi Riviera, after winning a $152m (AED559m) contract to build 10 towers for the Meydan One-based waterfront project.

Phase 4 of Azizi Riviera, Azizi Developments' flagship project, will start in July 2018. The contractor will build 10 towers, which is half of all buildings that will be developed in Phase 4.

Azizi Riviera is a $3.2bn (AED12bn) waterfront community comprising 69 mid-rise residential buildings, two hotels, and an integrated shopping district. When the multi-phased development is completed, more than 13,000 residential units of studios, and one- and two-bedroom apartments will have been developed by Azizi.

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