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DSI signs $113 million MEP deal for Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum

Contract awarded by ASOLOUVRE JV, an Arabtec Construction led joint venture appointed by TDIC as main contractor

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Drake and Scull International, the Dubai based construction contractor, has announced that it has signed a $112.9 million contract to execute the complete MEP works for the Louvre Museum project in Abu Dhabi.

The contract was awarded by ASOLOUVRE JV, the Arabtec Construction led joint venture with Constructora San Jose SA and Oger Abu Dhabi LLC, which has been appointed by Abu Dhabi Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), to be the main contractor on the project.

The scope of work for the contract will be executed in coordination with Habtoor Leighton Specon. It will include all incidental MEP works on the project. Work is scheduled to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2015.

Located in the Saadiyat Cultural District, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is scheduled to be inaugurated in 2015. It has a built up area of 64,000sqm. The project has been conceived as a complex of pavilions, plazas, alleyways and canals, which will evoke the image of a city floating on the sea, its designers have said.

Hovering over the complex will a form inspired by traditional Arabic architecture, a huge shallow dome that is 180 metres in diameter, perforated with interlaced patterns that will diffuse light into the interior of the project.

“The Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi is the most anticipated and prestigious cultural development project in the region. It will be a showcase of artistic mastery and world-class engineering that underlines the vision of Abu Dhabi to be a leading global cultural hub,” said Khaldoun Tabari, CEO of Drake & Scull International.

“This is a great opportunity to create a major impression on the local and global market as DSI helps bring to life one of the world’s most iconic art museums,” he added.

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