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Top 5 projects under construction by Chinese contractors in the GCC

08.02.2016 | News
In celebration of the Chinese New Year, and the year of the Monkey, Doka Middle East counts down the top five projects that are under development by Chinese contractors in the GCC.

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5. $436 million: City of Light, Reem Island, United Arab Emirates, (China State Construction Engineering Corp)
Entering the list at just under half a billion dollars, Al Tamouh Investment’s ‘City of Light’ project awarded the design and build contract to CSCEC for six towers on its 144-acres mixed-use project that will eventually be home to 60 towers, (eight commercial and 52 residential), accommodating more than 27,000 residents. CSCEC handed over the first of its six towers, the LX Tower, in H2 2015.

4. $452 million: Shamkha South Infrastructure LOT 3, United Arab Emirates, (China State Construction Engineering Corp)
Setting the foundations for a mega-housing project in Abu Dhabi, CSCEC were appointed as the main contractor by Abu Dhabi General Services Company PJSC in 2011 for this major turn-key infrastructure project, whose scope of works includes earthworks, roads, storm water drainage, portable water, irrigation, street lighting and telecommunication infrastructure for 9.6km2; around a quarter of the project’s total area.

3. $1.00 billion: Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah, United Arab Emirates (China State Construction Engineering Corp)
Partnering with Skai Holdings, the Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah is CSCEC’s first real estate development, and is arguably one of the most anticipated luxury projects in the Middle East for 2016. Featuring 477 rooms and suites, along with 222 signature Viceroy Residences, the new luxury resort will be situated within just 15 minutes of Downtown and will cater for a wide range of discerning customers. With architecture designed by Yabu Pushelberg and NAO Taniyama and Associates, the hotel will be equipped to meet the high expectations set by Dubai’s existing luxury hotel market, inclusive of, ‘spectacular dining venues hosted by world-class chefs and a modern spa.’

2. $1.40 billion: Lusail Development Project Primary Infrastructure, Qatar (Sinohydro)
Entering as the second most valuable project currently under development by a Chinese contractor, the Lusail Development Project Primary Infrastructure, awarded to Sinohydro is worth an estimated $1.401 billion. This leviathan infrastructure contract includes the open excavation of 3,580,000m3, the backfill of 2,740,000m3 and the provision of 510,000m3 of concrete. In addition to this, Sinohydro will also be fabricating and erecting 82,000 tonnes of reinforcement, as well as laying 72 kilometres of pipeline for water and drainage supply.

No stranger to projects in Qatar, Sinohydro was awarded projects at Sidra Village and Hamad International Airport.

1. $4.30 billion: Phase II – Dammam Riyadh Freight Line, KSA (China Railway Construction Corporation)
Having established the China Railway Construction Corporation Limited Saudi Branch, the CRCC brought its immense power as an integrated construction group to the Middle East, and has wasted no time in booking business. According to comments made by Mohamed Khalid Al Suwaiket, president of Saudi Rail Organisations (SRO) in the Saudi Gazette, a deal was made with CRCC for $4.3 billion, for the second phase of a main freight route between Dammam and Riyadh, covering a distance of 91 kilometres.

According to the same article, the 23-month contract is aimed at ‘enhancing SRO’s operational capacity to meet the growing private sector demand for transportation by train.’ Technical specifications in the contract include the requirement for the track to handle freight trains with axle loads of 325 tonnes.

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