UAE's NMDC wins JIIC contract for $1.4bn Jubail Island in Abu Dhabi

National Marine Dredging Company to deliver marine works for UAE megaproject that Jubail Island Investment Co is developing

Jubail Island in Abu Dhabi.
Jubail Island in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi-headquartered Jubail Island Investment Company (JIIC) has awarded an eight-month contract worth $13.6m (AED50m) to National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) for the implementation of marine works for the $1.4bn (AED5bn) mixed-use Jubail Island megaproject in Abu Dhabi, which is due to complete by Q4 2022. 

NMDC has already started work on the contract, which includes widening and enhancing more than 7km of existing waterways, in addition to planting mangroves on the island.

According to JIIC, the marine works will help improve the waterfront area around the island and support the environmental biodiversity of Jubail Island, which was launched in April 2019 in line with the goals of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.

Commenting on the contract award, chief operations officer of Lead Development – the firm that is managing the project's development – Richard Russell, said: “With enabling and marine works having commenced on the island, we are well on track to hand over plots as early as mid-2021.

“The timely delivery of this showcase project as per the highest construction and environmental standards is our utmost priority.”

Located between Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island and Saadiyat Island, Jubail Island will comprise housing for 6,000 residents across a total project area of 400ha. 

May 2019 saw JIIC award an enabling works contract to the UAE's Gulf Contractors Company, with the scope of work including the excavation and placement of 2.5 million m3 of material for the formation level for 40km of roadways and more than 800 residential properties. 

The megaproject will comprise six investment zones, named Marafaa Al Jubail, Nad Al Dhabi, Seef Al Jubail, Ain Al Maha, Souk Al Jubail, and Bed’a Al Jubail.

A consortium of designers comprising the US’s Arquitectonica, Spain’s Ramón Esteve, and Broadway Malyan is working on Jubail Island, where partial handover will begin from Q1 2021. 

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