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Yu Tao: China's CSCEC ME 'actively involved' in Dubai Creek Tower bid

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese contractor's CEO tells CW the firm is involved with the tender process for the super-tall

Dubai Creek Tower.
Middle East Architect
Dubai Creek Tower.

Yu Tao, the chief executive officer of China State Engineering and Construction Middle East (CSCEC ME), told Construction Week that the Chinese state-owned contractor was  “actively involved” in the tender process for the $1bn (AED3.67bn) super-tall Dubai Creek Tower, which is being jointly developed by Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding as part of the 6km2 Dubai Creek Harbour master development.

“We hope we will have a chance to sign the contract this year and start construction soon,” Tao said.

“The tender negotiations [are] still going on. It’s a massive project and extremely challenging – it’s probably one of the most difficult ones in the world, so it’s taking time.”

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava designed Dubai Creek Tower, which Tao said was "by nature" an interesting scheme given its height. 

He explained: “Ordinary construction equipment is not able to take [on] this kind of challenge.

“For super-high rises, the most difficult part is the vertical transportation. If you cannot supply material and send the resources to such a high level, you cannot deliver [the project].”

Tao said Dubai Creek Tower would be reinforced by a group of stay cables, known for their application on bridge projects.

Commenting on the tower, he added: "It is a combination of the technology of buildings and bridges. You will probably see the longest stay-cable in the world ever installed on a building project [with Dubai Creek Tower].”

CSCEC ME is already working on major construction projects in the UAE, including parts of the 1,200km federal Etihad Rail project.

“This year, the Etihad Rail package has made us quite excited – we [...] spent more than six years and joined three rounds of tender exercises [for the project],” Tao said. 

“Finally we have won the contract and started construction. I think this is a new chapter and we are very excited.”

CSCEC ME was awarded Etihad Rail Stage 2's Package A contract in a joint venture with South Korea's SK Engineering & Construction in March 2019. 

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