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Al Fouzan wins contract for Saudi Arabia-funded Bahrain medical hub

Medical centre to be built as part of 100-hectare Saudi-funded King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Academic Medical City

King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Academic Medical City sits on a 100ha plot.
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King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Academic Medical City sits on a 100ha plot.

Saudi Arabia-based contractor Al Fouzan Trading and General Construction Company – the builder behind Saudi Arabia's 1km-tall Jeddah Tower, which was previously known as Kingdom Tower – has won a contract from Bahrain’s Arabian Gulf University (AGU) to construct King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Academic Medical Centre, a project within the Saudi-funded King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Medical City.

The university had announced in September 2018 that it was seeking bids from contractors for the construction of the medical hub.

The medical city is being funded through a $267m (SAR1bn) grant from the late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

A 100ha plot near Khalifa City at Durrat Al Bahrain was donated by HM King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, to build the project.

According to a statement on the university's website, president of AGU, Dr Khalid Abdulrahman Al Ohaly, said a contract would shortly be signed with Al Fouzan to outline the commencement date of the contract, which is to be completed within 30 months of the signature date. 

Al Fouzan Trading and General Construction Company has previously implemented hospital and medical city projects in Saudi Arabia.

On its website, the construction firm lists Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Hospital; King Abdullah Medical City in Makkah; and King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre among its completed hospital construction projects in Saudi Arabia.

Al Ohaly said the Saudi contractor was selected in accordance with strict procedures and controls.

Upon completion, the medical centre will provide services through a 288-bed hospital and offer training to students of AGU’s College of Medicine and Medical Science.

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