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Reem Developers awards Najmat Abu Dhabi Marina tender to China Harbour Engineering Company

Reem Developers, for its Najmat Abu Dhabi project on Reem Island today announced awarding an AED 201 million contract to a globally renowned Asian construction major to develop three marinas and a grand canal after a diligent scrutiny of 10 pre-qualified competitive bids from local & international companies.

The contract also forms a significant component of the overall project infrastructure development outlay.

Unveiling the details of the contract senior officials of Reem Developers, the fully-owned subsidiary of Reem Investments said the contract for the development of the three marinas including reclamation and canal works has been given to China Harbour Engineering Co. L.L.C, a company which has proven track record in developing harbours and marinas in Hong Kong, China, UAE and other parts of Asia and Africa.

Commenting on the award of the tender, Mr. Abdulhamid Saeed, Managing Director of Reem Investments, said: 'The tender for the development of the three marinas evoked huge response from global firms, which is a significant reflection of the interest generated by the project as well as the enthusiasm to participate in the dynamic real estate developments of Abu Dhabi, which is quickly becoming one of the leading destinations for real estate investments and Najmat Abu Dhabi is one of the salient projects' that is leading this interest.'

Elaborating on the award of the tender, Mr. Manish Joshi; General Manager, Reem Developers, said:

'Our selection of China Harbour Engineering Co L.L.C. follows a strict and assiduous round of scrutiny of the bids against global benchmarks. We were convinced that China Harbour Engineering Co L.L.C with its global and regional expertise is the ideal partner to develop the three marinas and a grand canal, which are integral to the Najmat Abu Dhabi development.'

'The three Marinas form the lifeline of the Najmat Abu Dhabi development which will offer a superior ambience of island living, yet closer to the main land. The development of marinas follow an in depth study on marine environment as part of our analysis of the environmental impact of the project' said Mr. Joshi
'Furthermore, the Najmat Abu Dhabi marine works have been designed by Halcrow International in association with Hyder Consulting. The marine modeling and hydrodynamic study for Najmat Abu Dhabi, conducted by Halcrow, is considered as one of the most successful models of its kind,' Mr Joshi added.

Spread across 16 million square feet, Najmat, the Star of Abu Dhabi is an iconic project located on Reem Island which is 300 metres off the north-eastern coast of the federal capital. It has been designed to offer best-of-the-breed facilities in waterfront and island living.
The three marinas - Bay Centre Marina with a 250 meter diameter, Residential Marina with a 200 meter diameter and Resort Marina with a 180 meter diameter - are strategic to the aesthetic lay-out of the project. Furthermore, the implementation strategy for this project follows the stringent British Standards for marine works engineering.

The marinas linked by a canal will traverse the spine of the development from northwest to south east. Furthermore, together the marinas and canals will allow future use of boats and water taxis within the development. The canal works alone will involve a construction of 3800 metre long quay walls. Additionally, the reclamation for the three marinas will also create three island parks across 23 hectares and a separate tender will be floated for landscaping later.

Founded in 1949 China Harbour Engineering Company has a track record of successfully executing several major projects including the the AED 1 billion (approx) Gwadar Deep Water Port Project in Pakistan, the AED 586.5 million Phase I of Huagha Port in China contract, the AED 206 million (approx) container terminal construction contract at New Mooring in Chittagong, AED 375.6 million Port of Balboa Container Terminal development in Panama contract, the AED 97.5 million Jakarta International Terminal Expansion Plan Civil Works contract amongst others.

Commenting on the award of the contract, Mr. Cai Chuansheng General Manager - UAE, China Harbour Engineering Company, said: 'The development of the three marinas and the grand canal is one of the few projects of its kind in the region and is considered by most specialists as one of the most difficult and challenging assignments both from a technical as well as logistics point-of-view. Thus winning this contract is a highly prestigious milestone for us. We also consider it as a challenging assignment that offers us the opportunity to further showcase and prove our technical and intellectual capabilities to both regional and global audiences.'

In the UAE, the company has executed many projects including the AED 120 million (approx) Sqar Port contract, the AED 90 million (approx) Fishing Harbour at Baaya Saya contract, AED 68 million (approx) Port Arabia Phase I marine works contract in Ras Al Khaimah, the AED 43 million (approx) Dibba Harbour and Beaches Phase I contract in Sharjah etc. IIBA.



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