Drake & Scull wins $33.5m contract for Dubai beachfront project

Contractor to develop more than 72,000sqm of food and retail outlets at mixed-use development in Jumeirah

PHOTO: Ahmad Al Naser, managing director of Drake and Scull Engineering, said the project was a “high-profile beachfront retail concept”. Credit: Supplied

Drake & Scull Engineering (DSE) has announced that it has been awarded a $33.48 million contract for a mixed-use beachfront development in Dubai’s Jumeirah district.

The agreement will see the contractor develop more than 72,000sqm of food and beverage concepts, as well as retail outlets, for the project.

The UAE-based engineering subsidiary of Drake & Scull International will also be tasked with the construction of the shell and core parking facilities. In total, DSE’s scope of work includes the supply, installation, testing and commissioning and handover of the complete MEP works.

Completion of the project is scheduled for 2016. DSE did not specify which developer had awarded the work, nor the name of the project involved.

“We are excited to have been chosen by the developers who have envisioned a high-profile beachfront retail concept that will… prove to be a milestone on the Jumeirah skyline,” said Ahmad Al Naser, managing director of Drake and Scull Engineering, in a statement.

“A retail project of such prominence and scale is a significant challenge for our engineering division and will be an eminent addition to our high-profile portfolio. Our experience with large scale retail developments such as the… Mall of [the] Emirates expansion in Dubai, as well as the rapidly progressing Mall of Qatar in Doha will prove vital in the construction of this project,” he added.

Recent key project wins for the firm include the $107.5 million Jewel of the Creek mixed-use development in Port Saeed, the $78.95 million mixed-use development in Downtown Dubai, and the $90.93 million luxury hotel and residences project on The Palm Jumeirah.

Al Naser also said that DSE was poised to take on a larger number of projects as part of the UAE’s infrastructure and real estate development programme. With Expo 2020 now just five years away, the construction programme for the event is gathering considerable steam, and the managing director expressed his confidence in the firm and its ability to secure vital contracts ahead of the event.

“We are optimistic about our prospects to secure more project wins across the MENA region as we further consolidate our position as a regional leader in the core engineering sector.”

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