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DSQ signs $82mn MEP deal in Doha

Mixed use real estate project contract will cover substructure and superstructure works

Karem Akawi says that the Doha mixed use project will be one of DSQ’s flagship developments in Qatar.

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Drake and Scull Qatar has signed a contract worth $82.3mn for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of all MEP works for a mixed use real estate development project in Doha, it was announced on Tuesday.

The project mainly covers substructure and superstructure works within a 260,000sqm built up area that encompasses three superblocks, with various structures such as residential buildings, schools, utilities and office buildings.

“The development serves as one of our flagship projects in Qatar that strongly demonstrates the full spectrum of our service portfolio. Our integrated EPC solutions and particularly the MEP and the Water & Power are vital factors that will strengthen our presence in Qatar, which we expect to develop into a long-term market on par with other regional powerhouse markets such as KSA and the UAE,” said Karem Akawi, area general manager for Drake and Scull Qatar.

“The gradual roll-out of the ambitious infrastructure development program related to Doha’s hosting of the World Cup in 2022 and the Qatar National Vision 2030 is a key factor that is driving market growth. In addition, there is also the rail side that is coming on stream – another priority project of the government that is part of our target areas.”

Akawi added that these large scale projects would create ‘unique and unprecedented’ challenges which would require broadly experienced contractors and consultants that have the resources, knowledge and strong financial capabilities to support them.

DSQ’s work in the Gulf Arab state has seen it develop a strong working relationship with government development entities and major local property developers, such as Qatari Diar, he said. This allows the firm to carry out complex and large scale MEP projects that would prove challenging otherwise.

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