Drake & Scull wins $61m MEP contract for Dubai hotel, mall expansion

Contractor to oversee supply, installation, testing and commissioning of works at unnamed project

PHOTO: Drake & Scull Engineering has already begun work on the unnamed project. Image for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Shutterstock

Drake & Scull International says its engineering division has secured a $61 million contract related to work on a hotel complex and the expansion of a mall in Dubai.

In a bourse filing, the Dubai-based contractor said that Drake & Scull Engineering had already begun work on the site, with a scheduled handover in 2018. It will oversee the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of all MEP works.

Although the contractor declined to name the client or the mall in the statement, it revealed that the contract was for mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) works at a hotel complex, as well as the development of an extension to the mall, which in total will cover 192,000sqm.

This expansion will include a new high-rise hotel tower and a low-rise podium, which will hold a hypermarket, cinemas and retail space, the Dubai Financial Market-listed firm said.

“The hotel complex and mall expansion project award is the latest major retail development contract which sustains the momentum of project wins DSI has demonstrated by securing prominent projects across the GCC region this year,” said Ahmad Al Naser, managing director of Drake & Scull Engineering.

“The hotel complex and mall expansion is a welcome addition to iconic projects we are delivering in the UAE which includes the Habtoor City, the Jewel of the Creek and the Louvre Museum to name a few.

“The project win also reflects our position in the engineering sector as the preferred partner for large scale retail malls which is enhanced by our previous work on prestigious retail developments like Abu Dhabi’s Central Market and the Sahara Mall Expansion,” he added.

DSE is currently involved in the development of prominent retail projects like the Souk Al Kuwait, Souk Al Kabeer and Mall of Qatar as well as the expansion of the Mall of the Emirates across the GCC.

Al Naser said that the contractor was confident about its prospects of securing more high-profile projects for the rest of the year.

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