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INSIDE
NEWS
Saudi Arabia issues
a record breaking
budget for 2010
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FACE TO FACE
School building could
be a goldmine for
UAE contractors
PAGE 12
INDIA INITIATIVE
Contractors from the
sub-continent make
their mark in the GCC
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CITY FOCUS
The latest news,
projects and tenders
from Doha, Qatar
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CONTENTS
11 NEWS IN BRIEF
Highlights of the week.
12 FACE TO FACE
CW talks to two people involved
in the development of educational
establishments.
13 COMMENT
Alan England says mediation could be
the region’s preferred form of dispute
resolution in the new year.
REGULARS
2 ONLINE
4 MAIL
FRONT
9 SAUDI ARABIA SETS
RECORD BUDGET
Saudi has unveiled its largest budget in
history, projecting expenditures of US
$144 billion and revenues at $125 billion.
10 FATAL FALL PROMPTS
INDUSTRY WARNING
An industry expert has warned about the
dangers of using fall-protection hoists
incorrectly, following a fatal accident.
FEATURES
14 SITE VISIT
Could a new racetrack and grandstand be
just what Dubai needs?
19 SPECIAL REPORT
CW looks at which Indian firms are
proving to be success stories in the
Middle East and what the future holds
for them.
DIRECTORY
24 TENDERS
25 PROJECTS
26 SPECIALIST SERVICES
BACK
30 CITY UPDATE
The latest news and projects from
Doha, Qatar.
32 DIALOGUE
Rubber World Industries managing
director Muzammil Shaikhani discusses
his company’s plans to upsize and how it
will reach its growth targets.
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FEATURES
FM
HARNESSING THE
ELEMENTS
Bob Knott, director of golf
operations for Jumeirah
Golf Estates, talks about designing,
building and maintaining golf courses in
the Middle East.
CW
ROYAL INSIGHT
Sheikh Maktoum Hasher
Maktoum Al Maktoum
talks about Dubai
World’s restructuring
and other pressing issues.
Not happy with just one world-record holder, China has started
construction on what will be the world’s longest sea bridge, just
18 months after cutting the ribbon on the current record holder,
the Hangzhou Bay Bridge (pictured). Work began on 15 December
and is scheduled for completion in 2015. Current cost estimates
for the project are a whopping 39 billion dirham. The bridge will
be a Y-shaped structure, covering 50km, around 35km of which
will be over the sea. The Hangzhou Bay Bridge is just over 35km in
length and was designed to cope with strong tides and the severe
seasonal storms that part of China experiences.
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CONTRACTORS SAY $10 BILLION
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are you worried about?
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29.6%
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27.8%
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MEP Middle East that the
contract, which is currently in its very
early stages, is valued at US$54.5 million.
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I am sure that contractors in
Dubai are firmly following
safety codes, but most
contractors in Abu Dhabi
are not, especially when
constructing four storey
buildings, or smaller.
TAMA
various energy saving and
water conservation methods
needs to be made easily
accessible and available to
every person. The knowledge
needs to be given in an open
platform and not in a seminar
in a five-star hotel. Our
ministers and government
need to be taught first, our
bureaucrats need to be made
to understand and once the
system is corrected, the rest is
very easy to operate. It is now
or never....
AVINASH
RE: CONTRACTORS
SAY $10BN WILL SEE
INDUSTRY BREATHE
This announcement may have
some investors / contractors
feeling slightly more
comfortable, as a large chunk
of the debt can be wiped off,
but where is the money going
to come from to instigate a
continuation of many of the
current projects on hold?
Band aid on a gaping wound
if you ask me.
SHANE
RE: EXCLUSIVE: US
$2.5 BILLION CLAIM
OVER DUBAI METRO
Claims are only valid if the
contractor had initially
made a request for payment
at the time of delay, or
variation, which was at the
time agreed by the RTA. If
the consortium decides to
backdate/create variations to
improve his cashflow, then
the RTA will not pay. Claims
are only valid if originally
discussed and agreed at
the time. Notwithstanding
RE: WATER SCARCITY
DRIVES GREEN
BUILDING
The subject needs to be
simplified, in common
language, which the common
man can understand and
react to. The message of
the above, I think this poor
consortium has no chance.
You are talking about $2.5
billion from a government
which is already in debt. The
reality is the RTA belongs to
Dubai Municipality, which is
a Dubai government body. I
think the new law that came
out a few days back, asking all
government entities to return
any surplus monies to the
government treasury, is one
way of protecting themselves
against claims. The RTA will
have no cash left and the
consortium will need to deal
with the government directly.
KAL
RE: MATERIAL PRICE
INCREASES EXPECTED
IN 2010
During this time, when
demand is lower, why would
any supplier increase the
freight cost? For argument’s
sake, if we agree that a
container from China will cost
$1500, then there are other
suppliers in the world who will
offer the same service cheaper.
GS
Is this just an excuse to
increase prices? Freight
rate increases would affect
all items, not just building
materials. Let’s check it out
with shipping companies.
PREMCHAND
And what is that ‘freight rate
hike’ exactly? The oil price is
steady and market demand is
still suppressed so why would
transportation costs go up?
Please explain this to me.
BOB D
RE: FATAL FALL PROMPTS
INDUSTRY WARNING
On the details given it, would appear more of a
management failing; why was a carpenter allowed
on a scaffold that was being dismantled? If the scaf-
fold was not being dismantled, then generally a well
designed and installed scaffold does not require the
user to wear a harness. These are generally the last
result in terms of fall arrest, so the quality of scaf-
fold may have been an issue and this is a massive
problem in a number of countries.
ANDY
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Saudi Arabia has unveiled the largest
budget in its history for the year 2010,
projecting expenditures at US $144
billion (SR540 billion) and revenues at
$125 billion.
The budget expenditure has increased by
14% compared to 2009 and has a deficit of
$18.6 billion. It is the second consecutive
annual budget deficit for the Kingdom.
“We’ll channel our financial resources
to areas which require more spending in
order to boost economic growth and devel-
opment, make our economy more attrac-
tive for investment, and create more jobs
for Saudis,” said Saudi King Abdullah bin
Abdul Aziz Al Saud, in his address to the
nation regarding the new budget.
Arab News reported that $36.5 billion was
allocated towards new projects in education
and training, which covers 1200 schools,
new universities in Dammam, Al Kharj,
FRONT
SAUDI ARABIA SETS RECORD US $144 BILLION BUDGET
By Benjamin Millington
SECOND CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL BUDGET DEFICIT FOR THE KINGDOM
Majmaa and Shaqra, the completion of
campuses of existing universities and the
establishment of new technical colleges
and vocational institutes.
Also, $16.3 billion was allocated for health
and social development, including eight new
hospitals and the expansion of 19 existing
hospitals.
Allocations for the water, industrial and
agricultural sector amounted to $12.3 billion,
which included funds for infrastructure
projects required by mineral industries in
Ras Al Zour.
The municipal service sector will receive
$5.9 billion, and the transport and telecom
sector $6.4 billion.
Last year, the Saudi Arabian finance min-
istry said in a statement that the kingdom
would witness a budget deficit of $16 billion
for 2009, as it raised expenditures to, what
was then a record, $131.4 billion.
The Saudi economy grew by about 1% this
year, compared with about 4.3% in 2008,
according to Banque Saudi Fransi.
In the private sector, growth slowed to
2.5%, compared with 4.7% in 2008, despite
millions of dollars of projects being can-
celled or deferred in view of the tight credit
conditions, the bank said.
Oil prices have fluctuated wildly in the
last two years, falling from highs of $147
in July of 2008 to $32 a barrel in Decem-
ber 2008, while gradually climbing back
to mid-$70s this year.
This year, oil revenues fell by 41% while
GDP contracted by 21%.
Saudi Arabia’s budget is the largest in the
GCC and is more than three times the total
fiscal spending of the UAE. The govern-
ment has said it will continue to increase
spending in support of its development
programme in the next year.
MASSIVE SPENDING PROJECTED BY SAUDI ARABIAN GOVERNMENT AS IT LOOKS TO CONTINUE DEVELOPMENT OF ASSORTED INFRASTRUCTURE.
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CONSTRUCTION
MAGNATE FIFTH
RICHEST ARAB
By Stuart Matthews
Nasser Al Rashid, a
construction magnate, has
been named as the world’s fifth
richest Arab in the Arabian
Business Rich List 2009.
Al Rashid has an estimated
net worth of US $8 billion
(AED 29 billion) and is the
highest placed construction
industry figure on the list.
His principal construction
interest is Rashid Engineering,
a Riyadh-based consulting
engineering firm.
Rashid Engineering has
worked on a number of major
government construction
projects for Saudi Arabia.
The first of these projects was
the Al-Khalidiah building at
Khazzan Street in Riyadh,
which belongs to the sons
of the late King Khalid. The
company’s first government
project was the Al-Massara
Hotel at Taif. Al Rashid has
garnered a reputation for
philanthropic work, financing
a mix of hospitals, orphanages
and infrastructure projects, as
well as supporting a number
of medical research causes. He
also owns one of the largest
private yachts in the world, the
Lady Moura, which is 108m
in length.
Material prices, which have been relatively stable for
the last six months, are expected to rise at the start of
2010, according to Rizwan Sajan, chairman of Danube
Building Materials.
Sajan identifies freight rate rises for imports from China
as a key cause.
“The freight rate from China, which was previously at
US $600-700, is currently at $1000 per container,” he
said. “There is a big possibility of this climbing to $1500
by year end, which also means that there is an increased
demand for the products.
MATERIAL PRICE INCREASES EXPECTED AT START OF NEXT YEAR
By Stuart Matthews
“Prices have been more or less stable for the last six
months, registering a variation of not more than plus or
minus 5-10%. For the beginning of 2010, we are expect-
ing some prices to go up, especially for wood as a result
of the increase in the freight rates.”
Sajan added that there is no established trend covering
all building materials. “As far as wood is concerned, price
indicators are turned upwards for the beginning of 2010
due to freight rate hike,” he said. “On the other hand,
steel bar prices are dropping due to lack of demand and
a correction in the prices of scrap and billets.”
An industry expert has warned about the
dangers of using fall-protection hoists incor-
rectly following a fatal accident.
The incident happened when a carpenter
fell five meters from a scaffolding tower.
Although he was wearing a harness, it was
not fixed to a solid object and, landing on
solid concrete, the man received multiple
injuries and later died in hospital.
The secretary of Build Safe UAE, Elias
McGrath said: “The wearer needs to be
trained to make sure he is using the PPE
[personal protective equipment] correctly –
otherwise it is just there for decoration.”
FATAL FALL PROMPTS INDUSTRY WARNING
By Greg Whitaker
He added that there have been a number
of accidents of this type in the past – and
even cases where workers in confined spaces
have got themselves tangled in their own
harnesses.
McGrath added that the grade of equip-
ment also had its part to play: “You have
to look for the certification mark and each
organisation needs its quality control checks
– especially when it comes to helmets.
“If you don’t have a quality in the plastic,
it really isn’t going to make a difference.
This is one example where quality plays a
really important role” he said.
UNSAFE WORK PRACTICES CONTRIBUTED TO WORKER’S DEATH (PICTURE FOR ILLUSTRATION ONLY).
FRONT
HIGHLIGHTS
UAE
WORK TO START ON
HEART OF EUROPE
The European Kleindienst
Group will commence
development on its Heart of
Europe project – a 12-site
luxury vacation destination
on Nakheel’s The World
project, off the coast of Dubai,
at the beginning of 2010. The
development will take in six
of The World’s islands and
construction will start on
the island of Germany, with
a first phase comprising 20
villas, designed by Spanish
firm A-cero.
UAE
PALM JEBEL ALI WORK
TO BE AWARDED
The enabling contracts for
three projects on Palm Jebel
Ali are set to be awarded
in two month’s time. Work
is expected to begin on
Nathalie Tower, Blue Moon
Tower and Noah’s Arc
Tower immediately after the
contract is awarded. “We are
currently in negotiations with
Sharaf Foundations and Geo
Foundation,” said Worldwide
Project Management
managing director Abdel
Wahab Talaat.
Kuwait
$62BN CONSTRUCTION
SPEND EXPECTED
Kuwait will launch around
US $62bn worth of new
construction projects in
2010, according to the state
minister for housing affairs
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad
Al-Sabah. “2010 will be the
year of projects by means of
signing housing projects in
the new Sabah Al-Ahmad,
Jaber Al-Ahmad and Saad Al-
Abdullah cities, together with
other housing areas,” he said.
The cost of housing projects
to be carried out next year
will be in the vicinity of $2.1
billion and the government
is eager to allow the private
sector to get involved.
Saudi Arabia
JV TO BUILD US $11BN
ALUMINIUM PLANT
State-run Saudi Arabian
Mining Co (Maaden) and
US aluminium giant Alcoa
have agreed to build a $10.8
billion aluminium complex
in the industrial zone of Ras
As Zawr. The companies
have formed a JV to set up
a 1.8 million tonne-per-year
refinery, a 740,000 tonne-
per-year smelter, a bauxite
mine with an annual capacity
of 4 million tonnes and a
rolling mill with a capacity of
up to 460,000 tonnes.
Saudi Arabia
CONTRACTORS TO
ENTER MASSIVE MERGER
Eleven contracting firms
are set to merge to form
the Saudi Consolidated
Contracting Company,
worth US $1 billion. Non-
listed companies operating
in energy, construction, real
estate and maintenance work
will join together to form the
entity in three years time,
said chief executive Jassim
Al Rumaihi. The final number
of contracting firms will be
agreed by July next year but,
for now, consultants Ernst
and Young are working on a
financial plan.
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FACE-TO-FACE
IAN APSLEY
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MICHAEL CORB
Burt Hill, Senior Associate
We have been working with the Abu Dhabi Education Council
(Adec) since around June this year. Construction is scheduled to
start in June 2010. From the first phase of the model schools, of
which there are 18, we are delivering nine.
HOW ARE YOUR EDUCATION PROJECTS PROGRESSING?
HOW HIGH IS THE DEMAND FOR EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST?
WHAT MAKES BUILDING A SCHOOL DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER PROJECT?
HAS THE DOWNTURN HINDERED ANY OF YOUR PLANS?
WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES FOR 2010?
ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING ANY SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVES IN YOUR SCHOOL PROJECTS?
Currently, we are in the concept design phase for a UK public
school located in Abu Dhabi. We have two additional designs
that are under construction in Dubai. However, Burt Hill is not
responsible for the post contract services.
We get a reasonable amount of enquiries from the private market
to build local and international schools to support communities.
Also, the education council plans to start building 100 schools over
the next three years. Consultants who we share information with
also have received a reasonable amount of enquiries.
Education projects continue to be in high demand throughout the
MENA region. With many communities coming on line, we are now
seeing the need to provide community schools. Additionally, the Abu
Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has been very forward thinking and
aggressive in its plans to provide schools for Abu Dhabi.
I think you need to have the ability to think like a child and imagine
how they would want to experience things. From doing so,
you should be able to think about how your building should be
designed. It is all about using our experience from other markets
and making sure we make the right choices.
Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Qatar hold a lot of growth
potential. Abu Dhabi has demand due to its expanding expatriate
population and ADEC’s goals for 21st century schools. Also, Saudi
Arabia and Libya’s massive infrastructure and residential plans will
require the necessary educational facilities to support communities.
Not really. From a contractor’s point of view, it has probably put
pressure on build costs and the market is very, very competitive at
the moment, which should mean that clients get better value
for money.
Schools need to be highly responsive to how each person learns.
Burt Hill does extensive research into the latest theories on
learning and pedagogy, which influences how we approach each
project. In each design, the learner needs to be considered first.
Yes. They are all designed to comply with the three pearl
Estidama rating and there is another private school that we are
currently working on in Abu Dhabi, which is part of the Estidama
pilot scheme.
I hope that we complete our programme for Adec successfully and
that we that we are engaged to start the next phase of its project.
At Burt Hill, sustainable design is integrated into every project we
do. Water conservation and recycling, thermally responsive building
envelopes, controlled natural lighting and endemic landscaping
strategies lie at the core of our regional sustainable design strategy.
We are exceptionally optimistic for 2010. Due to over 30 years
of experience in K12 and higher education design, we feel we are
uniquely positioned to offer the value clients will demand in the
coming year.
SCHOOL DAYS
CW TALKS TO TWO PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT
OF EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS
13 DECEMBER 26, 2009–JANUARY8, 2010 CONSTRUCTION WEEK
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In November 2008, Rics formalised a
relationship with Rera to assist Dubai in
setting up dispute resolution procedures in
property disputes. As part of its support for
the establishment of the new Dubai Mediation
Centre, Rics Dispute Resolution Services is
committed to providing regular accredited
mediation training in the Gulf, through its
UK-based trainers. The second of these
courses was run in Dubai in December
2009. By this means, a pool of specialist
Rics Accredited Mediators will be available
to help deliver the service.
The Mediation Centre could have a huge
impact in cost and time saving and the pres-
ervation of long term commercial relation-
ships, in what is likely to be a busy sector
for the foreseeable future. This is a direct
reflection of both the real estate market
in Dubai and the resultant growth in the
number of disputes.
Any economic downturn acts as a driver
for disputes, and these normally form the
basis of a sharp surge in litigation and arbi-
tration. This has led to increased levels of
interest and use of arbitration in the UAE,
particularly in the construction sector.
The new Dubai Mediation Centre is a
welcome proactive response by real estate
regulatory bodies, with the intention for the
participants to agree the settlement of real
estate disputes.
Mediation is a voluntary, non-binding, and
private dispute resolution process in which a
trained neutral person – the mediator - helps
parties to a dispute, or other impasse between
them, try to reach a negotiated settlement
for themselves, with or without the assis-
tance of their own professional advisers. It
is both Shari’a compliant in its philosophy
and well regarded as an established inter-
national dispute resolution process. In most
cases mediation cannot take place unless the
parties agree to enter the process, although
the intention of the new Dubai law is that
parties will have to engage in it before they
can enter the Property Court.
Mediation is also possible with the par-
ticipation of all parties, and will cease if
one party leaves the process. Mediation is
also truly voluntary, as entering the process
does not bind the parties to reach settle-
ment. Settlement can only come about on
the authority of the parties concerned, as
the mediator has no authority to make a
binding determination. If a settlement is
reached, the agreed terms when reduced
to writing, will form part of an enforce-
able contract.
The entire process is confidential to the
extent local law permits. This means that
parties can conduct themselves in the media-
tion, for example by disclosing information,
expressing views, making suggestions or
offering concessions, relatively safe in the
knowledge that this will not preclude them
arguing a different position should the mat-
ter proceed to trial.
The role of the mediator and the confi-
dential nature of mediation negotiations
help parties to focus on, and realise their
true needs and interests, which may be far
removed from what a court, an adjudica-
tor or an arbitrator might ordinarily have
jurisdiction to order.
Mediation generally provides both cli-
ent and professional satisfaction in terms
of speed, cost, flexibility of outcome and
confidentiality. Mediation practitioners
recognise that a negotiated outcome to a
dispute is usually more satisfying, more
workable, more flexible and more dura-
ble than an order imposed by a court or
other tribunal.
In nearly all jurisdictions the success
of mediation comes with educating both
professionals engaged in dispute process-
ing – lawyers and construction profession-
als – and their clients, of both the process
and its benefits. Thus those intending to
mediate and appear for parties in the new
Mediation Centre will require proper train-
ing and experience for clients to reap the
true benefit.
Dubai readies for mediation
ME RICS REPRESENTATIVE, ALAN ENGLAND SAYS MEDIATION
COULD BE THE REGION’S PREFERRED FORM OF DISPUTE
RESOLUTION IN THE NEW YEAR
Alan England is Rics director,
Menea (Middle East Near east
and Africa). He began his career
at the UK’s Wimpey homes, has
been working throughout the
gulf for the last 10 years. Alan
opened the Menea regional
office, based in Dubai, in 2007.
“MEDIATION GENERALLY
PROVIDES BOTH CLIENT
AND PROFESSIONAL
SATISFACTION IN
TERMS OF SPEED, COST,
FLEXIBILITY OF OUTCOME
AND CONFIDENTIALITY.”
CONSTRUCTION WEEK DECEMBER 26, 2009–JANUARY 8, 2010 14
F
orget bungee jump-
ing, sand boarding or
paintballing; you can
leave fishing, sudoku
and social network-
ing out of the equation
too…surely, right now,
Dubai-bashing must qualify as the world’s
favourite pastime.
Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie and Madonna
together could only dream about the sort of
column inches that ruminations on the emir-
ate’s future are receiving at the moment.
Among all that doom and gloom, it’s easy
to forget the magnificent feats that Dubai
has actually achieved. Even in the next few
months, the Burj Dubai – the world’s tall-
est building by quite some distance – will
throw open its doors, as will the rest of the
stations on the Metro’s Red Line.
Flying somewhat under the radar so far,
however, has been the Meydan City proj-
ect that will ensure top class horse racing
heads to Dubai in 2010 and for many years
to come.
“Meydan is the Arabic word for ‘meeting
place’. Meydan is going to be the newest
and most important integrated business
and lifestyle destination for the UAE and
for the world,” explains Meydan commer-
cial director Mohammed Abdul Nasser
Al Khayat.
The enormous 18.6 million m² project
consists of four separate areas.
“Horizons will be 80% residential and
20% offices,” continues Khayat. “Metropolis
is to be a business hub and Gadolfin Parks
will be a waterfront district.”
However, what Construction Week is
actually here to see is the central feature
of Meydan City, which is now reaching
completion: the brand new grandstand and
racetrack facilities.
COULD DUBAI’S NEW RACETRACK AND GRANDSTAND, READY IN TIME FOR
THE 2010 SEASON, BE JUST THE TONIC FOR AN EMIRATE UNDER FIRE?
By Matt Warnock; Photos by Aziz Shah
A NEW FAVOURITE
WORTH BACKING
“The grandstand is the longest and larg-
est ‘landscraper’ in the world with a span
of 1.6kms or the length of 22 Boeing 747
planes,” explains Khayat.
It’s also extremely impressive given that
ground was only broken on the project in
THE GRANDSTAND AND RACETRACKS
ARE JUST THE FIRST OF FOUR
DEVELOPMENTS WITHIN THE
MEYDAN CITY PROJECT.
MEYDAN COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR MOHAMMED
ABDUL NASSER AL KHAYAT: “A LIFESTYLE
DESTINATION FOR THE UAE AND THE WORLD.”
“THE GRANDSTAND IS THE
LONGEST AND LARGEST
‘LANDSCAPER’ IN THE
WORLD WITH A SPAN
EQUIVALENT TO 22 BOEINGS”
15 DECEMBER 26, 2009–JANUARY 8, 2010 CONSTRUCTION WEEK
June 2007 and its progress was anything but
smooth. A year ago, Meydan cancelled the
US $1.25 billion contract it had with a joint
venture between the Malaysian contractor
WCT and Arabtec, for the construction and
completion of the main building works,
external works and infrastructure works
of the racecourse project.
Meydan claimed the contract had been can-
celled as the JV “failed to abide by the time
schedule for the completion”, however there
were suggestions that the JV was unhappy
about payment being behind construction,
which was 60% complete at the time.
Chinese State Construction Engineer-
ing Corporation and Mammut Building
Systems stepped in to take over principle
construction and, fortunately, any disrup-
tion has not translated into the quality of
the project itself.
Meydan’s head of projects, Douglas Small
reveals that between 2 600 and 5 000 con-
struction workers were onsite at any time
during the building process; meanwhile,
at the height of construction, there were
eighteen cranes also onsite.
Measuring almost 1.6kms across and boast-
ing a built area of 306,580m
2
, the grand-
stand has seating for 20,000 spectators,
although its total actual capacity lies closer
to 60,000. Meydan officials expect to see
around 300,000 race fans hit the grandstand
during the 2010 season.
The grandstand consists of several sec-
tions and lying at one end of the complex
and taking up a third of it is the five-star
‘The Meydan’ hotel. The rooms are all fully
integrated and 95% of them overlook the
course itself. At the other extreme of the
‘landscraper’ is a marina which, through
the construction of a canal network, joins
up to Dubai Creek, providing boat own-
ers with a convenient place to stop during
race days.
Designed by Malaysian outfit TAK – the
master planner behind the Palm Deira – which
has also served as the project management
“In any construction project there are
always differences between what you want
to achieve and what is actually happening
on the ground,” a WCT spokesman said.
“Changes to the design and to the work
that is to be done are always happening in
every project.”
THE 2010 DUBAI RACING SEASON
“There will be nine race nights, including three double-headers,”
explains Dubai Racing Club CEO Frank Gabriel Jr. “Thanks to the
new racetracks, both the Dubai World Cup and the Sheema Classic
can start and finish in front of the grandstand, creating incredible
anticipation and energy.”
Jan 28 – Dubai International Racing Carnival (First meet)
Feb 4 & 5 - Dubai International Racing Carnival
Feb 11 - Dubai International Racing Carnival
Feb 18 & 19 - Dubai International Racing Carnival
Feb 25 - Dubai International Racing Carnival
March 4 & 5 - Dubai International Racing Carnival (Super Thursday and Meydan Masters)
March 27 – Dubai World Cup and official launch of Meydan grandstand and racecourse
FRANK GABRIEL JR.
MEYDAN CHAIRMAN SAEED AL-TAYER SAYS THAT
WORK ON THE OTHER PHASES IS CONTINUING.
THE ORIGINAL PRINCIPLE CONTRACTORS WERE RELEASED FROM THEIR CONTRACT BY MEYDAN AT THE
BEGINNING OF 2009 FOR FALLING BEHIND SCHEDULE.
“ON THE UPPER SIDE OF
THE ROOF, 4840 SOLAR
PANELS GENERATE A
750KW OUTPUT”
CONSTRUCTION WEEK DECEMBER 26, 2009–JANUARY 8, 2010 16
firm for the first phase of Meydan City, the
grandstand’s most impressive point, however,
is at its centre where the seating, restaurants,
bars and VIP/corporate suites are topped by
a cantilevered crescent roof that runs 426m
in length and spans 56m across.
“On the upper side of the roof, there are
4,840 solar panels generating a 750Kw out-
put,” explains marketing and communica-
tions manager William Oburu. “The solar
panel surface area measures 5852m
2
and the
underside is made from titanium. It took
9000 tonnes of steel, in total, to create.”
The crescent roof was topped off in April
2009, less than two years after ground was
broken on the grandstand. Sitting snuggly
under the crescent roof is the grandstand’s
piece de resistance – the rooftop bubble
lounge or ‘the sky bubble’ as Meydan is
calling it, which was a late addition to the
original design concept.
With the capacity to hold more than 4,500
people, the glass pod has 360 degree views
back over Sheikh Zayed Road as well as, of
course, the racecourse.
It also offers great views over Meydan’s
other ingenious and, in many cases, unique
features, such as the world’s largest LED
screen which runs almost 110m along the
track in front of the grandstand and has a
screen area of 1213m
2
.
You can also glimpse the elaborate net-
work of tunnels – totaling more than two
kilometers in length – that guide horses,
trainers and jockeys quickly around the
facilities. Then there is the IMAX theatre
that seats 585 viewers.
“The grandstand development has a value
of around AED 4.6 billion [US $1.25bn],”
claims Meydan chairman Saeed Al-Tayer.
“But the net value including the Falcon Car
Park, training facilities and infrastructure
will be about AED 10bn [$2.7bn]. It’s a very
detailed project.”
The Falcon Car Park structure holds bays
for 8,622 cars and is so named because “…
the design as you approach the track is of
a falcon and is the most challenging archi-
tectural feat to date, especially considering
the whole project was completed within 24
months,” explains TAK managing director
Teo A Khing.
While Meydan may be a good news story
at a time when Dubai really needs one, the
Meydan chairman insists that it will be far
from the last of the emirate’s successes.
THE GIANT CANTILEVERED CRESCENT ROOF IS ONE OF THE MAIN STRUCTURAL FEATURE ON THE HIGH PROFILE PROJECT.
THE MEYDAN CITY PROJECT HAS BEEN MASTER PLANNED AND PROJECT MANAGED BY MALAYSIAN FIRM TAK.
“THE NET VALUE
INCLUDING CAR PARK,
TRAINING FACILITIES
AND INFRASTRUCTURE IS
AROUND US $2.7BN”
17 DECEMBER 26, 2009–JANUARY 8, 2010 CONSTRUCTION WEEK
“Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Mak-
toum and the Dubai government granted
us the land for this landmark building and
its associated projects and they have there-
fore been extremely helpful and supportive
throughout,” continued Al-Tayer.
“The economy is difficult for the world,
not only Dubai. It’s a challenge for everyone
BUILDING THE TRACKS
Meydan will boast two new racetracks, a 2400m turf track and a 1750m all-weather track –
replacing the previous dirt track – as well as high quality turf and all-weather training tracks.
The turf track consists of Bermuda grass (over-sown with rye) on top of two layers of sweet
soil root zone, a red sand tapered drainage layer and a bed on natural subgrade soil.
The all-weather track is based on a dedicated system called Tapeta. “The Tapeta surface
has proven to be a safe and reliable, and has shown outstanding durability in this climate, says
Dubai Racing Club’s Frank Gabriel Jr. “It provides drainage and great cushioning for horses,
aiding their longevity. The top layer is made from a mix of fibre, rubber, sand and wax.”
Turf:
• Left handed
• 2400m oval
• Chutes of 1200m and 2000m
• 30m wide
• 5% banking on turns
• 1.5% banking on straights
• Final turn to finish 450m
All weather:
• Left handed
• 1750m oval
• Chutes of 1500m and 1600m
• 25m wide
• 6% banking on turns
• 1% banking on straight
• Final turn to finish line 400m
THE NEW TURF TRACK FEATURES A MASSIVE 200M
STRAIGHT FOR TOP-CLASS RACING.
THE GRANDSTAND HAS SEATING FOR 20,000 AND A TOTAL CAPACITY OF AROUND 60,000.
else too. We’re dealing with it and deliver-
ing the grandstand and racetracks are the
first part of meeting this challenge.”
However, Al-Tayer is a little more cryp-
tic when discussing the remaining phases
and developments within Meydan City,
which, to date, have no completion dead-
line attached.
“We’re dedicated to our investment and
we’re working closely with partners but it’s
also in their hands to decide. The infrastruc-
ture has been commenced, as planned.”
Around 80% of infrastructure has been
completed in Horizons – where 100 of 140
plots have been sold – while Meydan claims
to be “re-strategising and working closely
with new partners” on the second phase
of Metropolis, while the sub-station is on
schedule to be completed in 2010.
Khayat agrees. “We’ve focused on the
infrastructure, which is very important
because it gives investors an indication
when they can start on their own land. We
cannot define when construction goes on,
it depends on the investor. Some want to
start because they have already invested
in the land and there are some who are
not looking to start just yet. It’s a phased
development like Dubai Marina, which took
almost 10 years to be fully ready.”
Another issue that has accounted for
some of those news pages that Dubai has
dominated over the past few weeks is that
of non-payment with Chinese firms. Far-
eastern firms played significant roles in
the completion of Meydan grandstand and
Al-Tayer claims that those relationships
remain strong.
“The Chinese contribution to this project
was immense – from the curtain wall, to
work on the Falcon car park to the prin-
ciple construction carried out by China State
Construction. Chinese companies provided
between 45% and 50% of construction sup-
plies for the grandstand and racecourse.
“However, many of the other suppliers
and JVs are based locally and 20 to 30% of
components, fixtures, fittings, interiors and
carpets came from national companies.”
The message is clear: the developers and
all involved with Meydan City are deter-
mined to provide not only a top class racing
venue but, in fact, a top class development.
“You’ve seen what has been accomplished
in 18 months,” finishes Al-Tayer. “We’re
now going to hold a racing season with
the kind of facilities that we’ve never had
in 14 years of racing.” Ả
“20-30% OF COMPONENTS,
FIXTURES, FITTINGS,
INTERIORS AND CARPETS
CAME FROM LOCALLY-
BASED COMPANIES”
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ndia-headquartered firms
have made significant contri-
butions to the Middle East’s
construction sector over the
past few decades. Their input
has spread across the entire
sector, with firms varying from
manufacturers to developers, consultants
and contractors. So who are proving suc-
cess stories and with the recent economic
developments on both continents, what
does the future hold for such input?
SUPPLYING THE
MIDDLE EAST
India-based manufacturers provide many
products for the Middle East construction
market; everything from diggers, to tools. One
of the largest and most recognised names
is Tata. Its Telco Construction Equipment
CW LOOKS AT WHICH INDIAN FIRMS ARE PROVING
TO BE SUCCESS STORIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THEM
By Alison Luke
THE SUB-CONTINENTAL
APPROACH
Company (Telcon) provides heavy plant
and earth-moving machinery among other
services. A 60:40 joint venture between Tata
Motors and Japan’s Hitachi Construction
Machinery, the firm supplies a wide range of
construction equipment including hydraulic
excavators, backhoe loaders, crawler cranes
and multi-utility loaders.
Despite the downturn in the economy over
the past year, Tata has reported continuing
profits during 2009. The firm’s medium
and heavy commercial vehicles sales dur-
ing August 2009 were 10% higher than the
August 2008, showing the second consecu-
tive monthly growth for the business.
Tata Group began operations within the
Middle East in the early 1990s and cur-
rently employs more than 4000 people in
the region. It views the UAE, Saudi Arabia,
Oman, Kuwait and Qatar as key markets
and reports that it is “keen on expanding
its presence in these countries”.
Another firm that has been increasing
its presence in the region is Speedcrafts.
INDIAN LABOURERS WORK ON THE UNDER-
CONSTRUCTION CYCLING VELODROME AT INDIRA
GANDHI INDOOR STADIUM COMPLEX, IN NEW DELHI.
WORK LIKE THIS MAKES THE CONSTRUCTION
INDUSTRY INDIA’S SECOND BIGGEST EARNER.
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Construction is the second largest industry in India, accounting for around 11% of the
country’s GDP in 2008 and around 33 million jobs. The sector is expected to be worth
US $120 billion in 2010 according to a study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and
Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
The overall economic growth of the country over the past few years has been a major
factor in the growth of the construction sector, as demand grew for infrastructure,
residential and commercial projects. A large number of construction firms headquartered
in India now have operations within the Middle East, providing services ranging from the
supply of products, to contracting and consultancy.
CONSTRUCTION WEEK DECEMBER 26, 2009–JANUARY 8, 2010 20
Headquartered in Patna, India, the firm
manufacturers a wide range of plant and
equipment for the construction industry.
Its portfolio includes products ranging from
concrete batching plants to stone crush-
ers and mobile hot-mix plants. The firm is
currently targeting customers throughout
the Gulf region.
CONTRACTING
There are several large and multi-national
Indian contractors now operating in the
Middle East. Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is
one of the largest and most successful, the
firm continuing to win large-scale projects
despite the overall economic downturn in
the region.
Billed as a technology, engineering,
construction and manufacturing firm, its
Engineering Construction & Contracts divi-
sion is one of India’s largest construction
organisations. The firm’s latest financial
figures announced in September show a
47% growth in order inflow compared to
the same period in 2008; 26% rise in prof-
its after tax; plus a 10.6% improvement in
operating margin.
In the Middle East, L&T has manufactur-
ing facilities in Oman and Saudi Arabia,
plus offices in Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE.
The firm has undertaken several projects
compared to the previous year, continuing
a period of growth for NCC. This growth
has also been reflected in its Middle East
operations: “Our turnover reached 1.2 billion
dirhams over a period of four years,” reports
Nagarjuna Contracting manager planning
and co-ordination Abhilash Sathyan.
Current projects for NCC include a pipeline
for DEWA and 588 villas for an Abu Dhabi
residential development. It plans to expand
its portfolio by bidding for contracts within
other sectors explains Sathyan: “At present
[NCC is] looking into Government-aided
infrastructure projects,” he reports.
Shapoorji Pallonji was one of the first
Indian construction firms to work within
the Middle East. It is the largest private
shareholder of Tata Sons, the holding com-
pany of Tata Group. The firm undertook
its first project, the palace of the Sultan of
Oman, in the 1970s and has since completed
many other high-profile jobs within the
UAE, Oman and Qatar.
In 2008 the firm announced that it was
re-entering the UAE market having won
eight projects valued at a total of around
$600 million, including the Fairmont Hotel
in Abu Dhabi. The firm’s overseas operations
are run from its Dubai office and the firm
reported that is has plans to grow within
the Gulf region.
in the region, including Dubai’s Discov-
ery Gardens, six electrical substations in
Al Ain for the Abu Dhabi Water & Elec-
tricity Authority (ADWEA), plus a multi-
million dollar residential development in
Sohar, Oman.
In August 2009 L&T announced several
further project wins valued at a total of
more than US $217 million. These latest
Engineering Procurement and Construction
(EPC) contracts will be carried out by the
firm’s Electrical & Gulf Projects Operat-
ing Company (E&GP OC), part of L&T’s
Construction Division.
They include the construction of four
substations for Qatar Petroleum to serve
Ras Laffan Industrial City; a 66/11kV gas-
insulated substation (GIS) at Education
City, Doha for Kahramaa, Qatar; a 132/11kV
GIS for Dubai Electricity & Water Author-
ity (DEWA); plus a 132/33kV GIS substa-
tion for Oman Electricity & Transmission
Company (OETC).
Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC)
is also achieving success both in the Middle
East and overall; it is currently planning
to expand its Gulf operations. NCC began
operations in the Middle East in October
2005 and now has offices in the UAE and
Oman. The firm announced a rise in turn-
over for Q2 of the 2009-10 financial year
“TATA BEGAN OPERATIONS
IN THE MIDDLE EAST IN THE
EARLY 90S AND EMPLOYS
MORE THAN 4000 PEOPLE IN
THE REGION.”
RATAN TATA, CHAIRMAN OF INDIA’S LARGEST
CONGLOMERATE TATA GROUP, WHICH OWNS
THE SUCCESSFUL TELCO CONSTRUCTION
EQUIPMENT COMPANY.
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LIKE THE GULF, INDIA IS EXPANDING ITS INFRASTRUCTURE WITH RAIL PROJECTS SUCH AS THE DELHI METRO.
NEW ENTRANTS
One of the latest Indian companies to
expand operations in the Middle East is
the major construction firm Kristal Group.
In late November, the company entered
into a joint venture with Bahrain-based
real estate developer Crown Dilmun
Development to form the new firm Kristal
Crown International (KCI).
KCI was formed in order to undertake
civil contracting projects throughout the
Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
region. Despite being only a few weeks old,
the firm has already begun work in earnest.
“Kristal Crown International is working
on its first contract, which involves three
buildings for the Marina Reef project in
Manama, Bahrain,” reports a spokesman
for Crown Dilmun. “This is a multi-million
dinar (BHD) project and there are others
in the pipeline,” he adds.
At the announcement of the joint venture,
Kristal Group chair and CEO KK Namboodiri
explained that the “massive potential” in
the region’s construction sector was one
of the attractions of the Bahrain deal. For
Crown Dilmun the choice of partner came
down to the overall experience and attitude
of the other firm. “We were not necessar-
ily looking for an Indian firm, but [Kristal]
had all the features we wanted,” states the
spokesman. “They have the credentials and
experience in building work, seem very
honest…and the management is very posi-
tive in all respects,” he adds.
A dedicated office for KCI is now operational
in Bahrain and further offices are planned
as the company expands. “There is a three-
phase programme in the pipeline for the
development of the joint venture and we
have huge ambitious plans for the future,”
stresses the spokesman. Each phase of the
programme is expected to take around one
year to implement.
The creation of KCI has also led Crown
Dilmun to consider expanding its opera-
tions to India. “We are currently seriously
considering a large project in India,” reports
the spokesman. With such co-operation
AM NAIK, THE CHAIRMAN AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
OF LARSEN AND TOUBRO, WHOSE COMPANY HAS
MANUFACTURING FACILITIES IN OMAN AND SAUDI
ARABIA, PLUS OFFICES IN KUWAIT, QATAR AND THE
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DECEMBER 26, 2009–JANUARY 8, 2010 CONSTRUCTION WEEK 23
24 TENDERS
25 PROJECTS
SPECIALIST SERVICES
26 Building materials
27 Construction chemicals/concrete
28 Education & training/flooring
29 Recruitment/steel
CITY UPDATE
30 Doha, Qatar
TENDERS | PROJECTS | SUPPLIERS | CITY UPDATE
CONSTRUCTION WEEK DECEMBER 26, 2009–JANUARY 8, 2010 24
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FREE TENDERS AND SERVICES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
TO INCLUDE YOUR TENDERS IN THIS SECTION EMAIL TENDER DETAILS TO EDITOR@CONSTRUCTIONWEEKONLINE.COM
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BAHRAIN
Issuer: Electricity and Water Authority
Tender No: 345/2009/5310
Description: Replacement of defective meters and faulty
current transformers.
Closes: January 20
Fees: BD15
Bond: BD500
Contact: www.tenderboard.gov.bh
EGYPT
Issuer: Egyptian Railways Integrated Services Company
Description: Engineering, design, installation and
commissioning of four stationary train washing systems in
Cairo.
Closes: January 24
Fees: EP5000
Bond: EP200,000
Contact: The Railways Workshops, Al Farz,
El Sharabiya, Cairo
OMAN
Issuer: Public Authority for Electricity and Water
Tender No: 324/2009
Description: Construction of chlorination unit in Al Khoud
Reservoir.
Closes: December 28
Fees: OR200
Contact: www.tenderboard.gov.om
Issuer: Majis Industrial Services
Tender No: 332/2009
Description: Construction of a seawater intake pumping
station in Sohar.
Closes: December 28
Fees: OR125
Contact: www.tenderboard.gov.om
Issuer: Ministry of Manpower
Tender No: 326/2009
Description: Construction of a vocational training centre at
Al Burami.
Closes: January 4
Fees: OR1450
Contact: www.tenderboard.gov.om
Issuer: Ministry of Transport and Communication
Tender No: 336/2009
Description: Design and construction of roundabout and
pedestrian underpass in Wilayat of Nakhal, Al Batinah region.
Closes: January 4
Fees: OR350
Contact: www.tenderboard.gov.om
Issuer: Majan Electricity Company
Tender No: 344/2009
Description: Supply of electrical cables for Majan Electricity
Company.
Closes: January 4
Fees: OR150
Contact: www.tenderboard.gov.om
Issuer: Ministry of Manpower
Tender No: 326/2009
Description: Construction of a vocational training centre in
Al Buraimi.
Closes: January 4
Fees: OR1450
Contact: www.tenderboard.gov.om
Issuer: Public Authority for Electricity and Water
Tender No: 335/2009
Description: Construction of water distribution network.
Closes: January 11
Fees: OR1500
Contact: www.tenderboard.gov.om
QATAR
Issuer: Public Works Authority
Tender No: PWA/GTC/056/09-10
Description: Civil works in Ain-Khalid area.
Closes: December 29
Fees: QR4000
Contact: Contract department, Public Works Authority
Issuer: Public Works Authority
Tender No: PWA/GTC/051/09-10
Description: Construction, completion and maintenance
of administration offices and car parking for the Supreme
Council of Justice.
Closes: January 5
Fees: QR1500
Contact: Contract department, Public Works Authority
Issuer: Public Works Authority
Tender No: PWA/GTC/048/09-10
Description: Construction, completion and maintenance of a
health care centre in Al Nuaim.
Closes: January 12
Fees: QR2500
Contact: Contract Department, Public Works Authority
SAUDI ARABIA
Issuer: Saline Water Conversion Corporation
Description: Construction of a pump station in Buriydah, Saudi
Arabia.
Closes: December 28
Fees: SR1000
Contact: www.swcc.gov.sa
Issuer: Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu
Tender No: 090-C23
Description: Rehabilitation of Jubail Industrial City Airport.
Closes: January 5
Fees: SR1000
Contact: Directorate General of the Royal Commission in
Jubail
UAE
Issuer: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Tender No: CNE/0114/2008(R)
Description: Construction of water intake channel (onshore
and offshore sections), and an outfall system.
Closes: January 25
Contact: The Chairman, Board of Directors, Dubai Electricity
and Water Authority.
Issuer: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Tender No: CNE/0488/2009
Description: Construction of four accommodation buildings at
Jebel Ali Power Station.
Closes: February 24
Fees: AED2000
Contact: The Chairman, Board of Directors, Dubai Electricity
and Water Authority
Established in November 2001, the ministry proposes
and implements manpower general policies in line with the
state economic and social objectives. It prepares draft laws
and systems regulating the labour market and vocational
training sector in the sultanate. Other responsibilities include
applying, following up, monitoring and implementation of
the labour laws and regulations and providing labour care in
coordination with the concerned authorities.
The ministry currently has a number of tenders open
for bidding. Contracts will include the construction of a
vocational training centre in Al Buraimi and the construction,
completion and maintenance of a proposed building for the
labour office in Sumail. The bidding closing date for both
tenders is January 4, 2010. Ả
Tender focus
MINISTRY OF MANPOWER, OMAN
THE MINISTRY OF MANPOWER IMPLEMENTS AND MONITORS
LABOUR LAWS.
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A KUWAIT DATABASE - BUILDING PROJECTS FOCUS
TO LIST YOUR PROJECTS IN THIS COLUMN EMAIL DETAILS TO EDITOR@CONSTRUCTIONWEEKONLINE.COM
Al Hamra project is a US $950 million (KD272 million) mixed-use development
comprising of a shopping centre and office tower. Situated in Kuwait City, the
77-storey building is around 420m-high. The total land area is 10,978m
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The client, Ajial Real Estate Entertainment Company, awarded Al Ahma-
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construction started soon after. Construction is in progress and is expected to
be completed in the last quarter of 2010. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill is the
architect for the project. Ả
Project focus
AL HAMRA TOWER
CONSTRUCTION ON AL HAMRA TOWER
BEGAN IN 2005..
PROJECT TITLE CLIENT CONSULTANT MAIN
CONTRACTOR
VALUE
(US$MN)
STATUS
KUWAIT
CENTER FOR RESEARCH & STUDIES AT SHARQ Ministry of Public Works Gulf Consult Al Jaraih Contracting 12 project under construction
COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGICAL STUDIES AT
SHUWAIKH
Public Authority for Applied
Education & Training
Al Dowailah Engineering
Consultants
Not Appointed 16 - 30 award awaited for the
main contract
SHOWROOM IN SHUWAIKH Mr. Zayed Al Khalid Al Mousawi Engineering
Consultant
Not Appointed 16 - 30 project under design
FURNITURE SHOWROOM IN SHUWAIKH Mr. Zayed Al Khalid Al Mousawi Engineering
Consultant
Not Appointed 2.5 - 15 project under design
ACCOMMODATION FOR JUMEIRAH DEVELOPMENT
IN AHMADI
Jumeirah Development Al Aliyan Consulting Not Appointed 16 - 30 project under design
MEDICAL CLINICS PROJECT A'Ayan Real Estate Company Soor Engineering Bureau Not Appointed 16 - 30 project under design
HEALTH CENTER AT BAYAN PALACE Ministry of Public Works In House Alamiah Building Company 53 project under construction
IMMIGRATION HEADQUARTERS AT FARWANIYA Ministry of Public Works Kuwait Technical Consultant Not Appointed 2.5 - 15 award awaited for the
main contract
IDEAL HIGH SCHOOL AT AQAILA Ministry of Public Works/Ministry
of Education
Al Zamami Consultant Bader Al Mulla & Brothers
Company
17 project under construction
KUWAIT BUSINESS TOWN AT AL MIRQAB AREA -
ZONE 3
Kuwait Business Town Holding
Company
Projacs/Pace/Fentress
Bradburn
First United General Trading &
Contracting
96 project under construction
AL HAMRA TOWER Ajial Real Estate Company Al Jazeera Consultants Ahmadiah Trading & Contracting 241 project under construction
COMMERCIAL BUILDING IN SHUWAIKH Mr. Zayed Al Khalid Al Mousawi Engineering
Consultant
Not Appointed 2.5 - 15 project under design
CRIMINAL EVIDENCE HEADQUARTERS Ministry of Public Works/Ministry
of Interior
Kuwait Engineering Group/
NBBJ
Not Appointed 16 - 30 project under design
GATE OF KUWAIT Al Shaya Group KEO/GLH Partnership/LG
Consulting
Not Appointed 260 project under design
KUWAIT INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE Ministry of Public Works/Ministry
of Justice
Al Zamami Consultant Not Appointed 31 - 100 bidding underway for the
main contract
KUWAIT BUSINESS TOWN AT AL MIRQAB AREA -
ZONE 1
Kuwait Business Town Holding
Company
Projacs/KEO Int'l/Gensler
Associates
First United General Trading &
Contracting
108 project under construction
AVENUE SHOPPING MALL EXPANSION - PHASE 3 Mabanee Company PACE/Gensler Al Ghanim International Trading
& Gen. Contg.
908 project under construction
> For the latest projects information visit
www.ConstructionWEEKonline.com/projects
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BUILDING MATERIALS
Based in Dubai, Ramboll is an international, multi-
disciplinary engineering, design and consultancy
company. It provides services under four main
service areas – buildings and design, infrastructure
and transport, energy and climate and environment
and nature. The company also has a large oil and
gas division based in Qatar.
The firm has over 200 offices in the Middle East,
the UK and India and has worked on projects from
China to Ireland and Norway to Saudi Arabia. Also,
like many firms, Ramboll has shifted its focus from
Dubai to other markets – such as Abu Dhabi and
Libya. The company is set to further build its pres-
ence in these countries in 2010 through variety
of means, and will closely monitor construction
markets across the region.
Ramboll managing director Peyman Mohajer explains
how the company is pulling through the downturn:
“The liquidity problems faced by many developers
have been well documented for a year now. We have
tried to help wherever we can, by agreeing revised
payment schedules, or revised scope of work, to
suit both parties. We have combined this with a
broadening of our horizons to new markets, and
using Ramboll’s international expertise to develop
new services in the region.” Ả
Supplier focus
RAMBOLL MIDDLE EAST
A SUPPLIER OF ENGINEERING AND DESIGN CONSULTANCY SERVICES
RAMBOLL MANAGING DIRECTOR PEYMAN MOHAJER.
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CITY UPDATE
DOHA, QATAR
A PEDESTRIAN WALKS PAST THE BUILDING OF THE DOHA SECURITIES MARKET IN THE QATARI CAPITAL.
“WE EXPECT 2010 TO BE THE
BOTTOM OF THE MARKET IN
TERMS OF PRICES, BUT WE
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TOP PROJECTS US$
New Doha
International Airport 11bn
Lusail $5.5bn
The Pearl Qatar $5bn
Doha Metro $3bn
Doha Convention Centre
and Tower $1.5bn
da. Demolition work to clear space for the
$5.5 billion Heart of Doha development
is in full swing, with construction work
expected very shortly.
The project represents work by Allies
and Morrison to improve how easy it is to
live in Doha as a pedestrian.
“We are witnessing Doha beginning the
rebirth of its city centre. But to do this it
needs to bring Qatari families back into the
city centre and become more pedestrian-
friendly,” says A&M partner Tim Makower.
“The West Bay district of Doha is not very
pedestrian-friendly and so it has become a car
dominated area. We need to encourage people
to spend less time in their cars.” Ả
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overall slowdown in
the Qatari construc-
tion industry, but
2009 has still seen
the hydrocarbon-rich
country grow.
A report from Business Monitor Inter-
national issued in Q4 said that the con-
struction industry would grow by 5% in
2009, saying “one of the best prospects
for growth in the infrastructure sector in
the Middle East in 2009. Despite a further
downward revision to our forecasts for the
country in 2009, we are still optimistic for
the sector’s potential, and thus expect it to
achieve one of the highest growth rates in
the region.”
Like many other GCC cities, infrastructure
seems to be the key area for growth. The
under-construction US $14 billion New Doha
International Airport is still on schedule
Slowing, but still steady
DEVELOPMENT IN DOHA MIGHT REFLECT NATIONAL TRENDS BUT THE QATARI CAPITAL
STILL LOOKS A SAFE BET FOR LONG-TERM REGIONAL INVESTMENT
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AS CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES ON
HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS IN DOHA.
for 2011 and will cover over 22 kilometres
outside the city.
Residential development, however, is
likely to be off the agenda for some time
to come. An oversupply caused by an extra
5,000 new properties and a decline in people
moving to Doha as a result of the economic
slowdown has seen rental prices plummet
by 35% over the last year, according to a
study by Century 21 Qatar.
Meanwhile, other reports suggest that
prices could fall by a further 15%, according
to The First Investor Asset Management as
a further 10,000 homes come online next
year. “We expect 2010 to be the bottom of
the market in terms of prices but we don’t
necessarily see any upturn in 2011 as being
aggressive because of the supply coming
in,” says Keith Edwards, head of asset man-
agement at the investment bank.
As a result, improving the quality of the
existing city centre comes high on the agen-
“WE ARE WITNESSING DOHA
BEGINNING THE REBIRTH OF
ITS CITY CENTRE ... IT NEEDS
TO BRING QATARI FAMILIES
BACK INTO THE CITY.
THE PEARL QATAR.
CONSTRUCTION WEEK DECEMBER 26–JANUARY 8, 2009 32
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After having all the calculation and analysis on all aspects of
our operations, we came to a prediction that we can increase
our production and sales during 2010. We can reach our
target without any difficulties, as we have new products and
a strategy planned. With new vision and good marketing,
we are now increasing our clients’ strength. Apart from the
GCC, we have expanded our business to the Asian and African
continents, which will help us further boost our growth.
Has exporting helped you survive the downturn, as projects
have been put on hold in UAE?
Yes, definitely. We are expecting to supply more air
conditioning and refrigeration products to the African and
Asian regions.
How high is the demand of rubber insulation products?
In the initial stages of the recession, demand slowed down
slightly. However, we are confident
that demand will shoot up again in the
coming year. We have also monitored
a significant drop in imports from Italy
and China, an indication of the market
turning into local sources for rubber
insulation products.

What are your expectations for 2010?
We are on the threshold of 2010
with great expectations. We are
anticipating the result of our efforts
in 2009, including the launch of new
products, production of new materials
and overseas marketing, to pay off
significantly. We are also expanding
our business by growing our client
roster, developing more products and
penetrating new markets. We are confident all these efforts
will make 2010 a wonderful year for RWI.

What projects are you currently working on?
We are supplying our products to a number of high-profile
projects under construction, including Yas Island and Saadiyat
Island, Mirdiff City Centre Project, Al Raha Development, Al
Reem Island, Rem Raam Project and Jumeirah Park Package 4
and 4A.
DIALOGUE
MUZAMMIL SHAIKHANI
Muzammil Shaikhani, a graduate in
finance and business administration, is
a founding member and the director of
the Dubai–based property developer,
MRE Global Investment Group. He is
also the director of the Memon Group of
Companies, a business conglomerate,
which is now celebrating its 30th year
in business. He initially worked with the
Memon Group, and thereafter headed
the group’s manufacturing giant, Rubber
World Industries, before establishing his
presence internationally with operations in
the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.
EDITOR’S NOTE: In CW issue #301, an interview with Rabih
Fakih of Grey Matters indicated that the price of self consolidating
concrete was “around 50% higher than conventional concrete”.
The correct figure should have read 15%.
Great expectations
Rubber World Industries (RWI) managing director Muzammil Shaikhani
discusses his company’s plans to upsize and how it will reach its growth targets
By Sarah Blackman