Huge Saadiyat infrastructure tenders to come in Q3

TDIC packages relate to works in Cultural and Marina Districts

TDIC's Andrew Seymour says that new tenders "are pretty huge packages".
TDIC's Andrew Seymour says that new tenders "are pretty huge packages".

Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) will be tendering major infrastructure packages for works on its Saadiyat Island mega-project in the third quarter of this year.

The packages relate to works within the island’s Cultural District and its Marina District, both of which fall within the master-development’s first phase.

TDIC director of infrastructure Andrew Seymour revealed the scope of the work yesterday. “These are pretty huge packages,” he said.

The Cultural District packages include the first phase of canal construction, coastal protection works and the main infrastructure for around two thirds of the district.

The Marina District packages include construction of a boulevard, bridge construction, and works on a main expressway section.

Seymour said the tendering process was “leaning towards invitation only,” but that the number of available contractors in the market could result in a more open process.

“As a client, our primary objective has got to be getting good contractors at the best price,” he said. “We get a lot of phone calls from people asking to be included in the list, and we look forward to seeing them and participating.”

Ongoing infrastructure packages on Saadiyat Island, being undertaken by local contractor Gulf Leighton, are around 85% complete. Parsons has been the engineer for all infrastructure on the island to date.

Saadiyat Bridge, which links the island to downtown Abu Dhabi, and the expressway, which links downtown Abui Dhabi with Yas Island via Saadiyat Island, are on schedule for a September 1 opening, along with the Saadiyat Beach Golf Course.

Saadiyat Bridge, which has been constructed in just 24 months, is the second-largest of its kind in the Middle East.

Last week Al Habtoor Leighton Group managing director David Savage said that Abu Dhabi offered “strong new work prospects particularly in large scale infrastructure” and that the UAE capital would be his firm’s “most important market for the foreseeable future.”

Abu Dhabi government-owned TDIC is the development arm of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. The company is mandated to develop tourism assets for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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