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Middle East Construction News to July 2009


New hospital for Abu Dhabi
A major engineering consultant has been appointed to provide multi-disciplinary engineering and specialist services for the new Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Abu Dhabi. The hospital will offer the latest in medical technology and patient care. It will be one of the landmark hospitals in the Middle East. The hospital facilities will offer a 7 star service and set a new global standard.


Dubai to host 2020?
Dubai is preparing to mount a challenge to host the Olympic Games and the World Expo in 2020. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has formed a working group of government and private sector representatives to explore the possibility of Dubai hosting the events.

The Surge Atlas flood detection method
A major Dutch consultant has developed a flood detection method that is being used in New Orleans as the hurricane season begins. The ‘Surge Atlas’ flood modelling system will cover the city and surrounding areas. An assessment of the chance of overtopping and possible overflow can be made by combining the maximum water levels and wave heights calculated by the Atlas. This in turn will help to plan for rescue and repair work and also whether or not to close the flood barriers

New houses for Libya
An Italian contractor through its Libyan subsidiary, has won three contracts worth €360m ($507m) from the country’s Housing and Infrastructure Works Ministry.

Construction of new schools for Qatar
Qatar’s Public Works Authority has awarded five contracts which amount toQR207m ($56m) for the construction of schools in the Doha area. Two local contractors have won three contracts each worth QR42m.

UK engineering consultant busy in Abu Dhabi
The Independent engineering and environmental consultancy has won three new engineering design projects in Abu Dhabi. A new bridge and interchange including a new road scheme at Abu Dhabi airport will llink the terminal to the existing motorway, the second is the development of concepts and designs for a new sea wall and shore protection scheme on Al Sowah Island and the third is to review design and construction plans to repair a damaged marina on a private island off Abu Dhabi.

Lamar Towers Contract
A UAE contractor has been awarded the SR2bn ($532m) contract to build the Lamar Towers development in Jeddah. The project consists of two towers on the corniche.One tower will be 60 floors high and the other will be 68 floors, linked by a 13-floor commercial space. The taller tower is expected to reach 310 metres in height.

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