Al Habtoor to build Jafza Convention Centre



Jafza, a flagship Economic Zones World Group company, has awarded a Dh1.9 billion contract to Al Habtoor Engineering Enterprises, member of the Al Habtoor Leighton Group, for the construction of its convention centre complex.

The agreement, which was signed by Salma Hareb, Chief Executive of Jafza and Economic Zones World, and Riad T Sadik, Chairman of Al Habtoor Leighton Group, entrusts Al Habtoor Engineering with the task of constructing the convention centre complex comprising a food court, the office complex and a 322-room hotel.

The entire project is spread over an area of 72,700 square metres. The Dubai division of Al Habtoor Engineering will work closely with Arenco, the project consultant, and EC Harris, the project management firm, for the efficient execution of the project.

“With this we are entering the next phase of Jafza’s ambitious development plans. We aim to be the provider of the most advanced infrastructure, equipped with cutting edge technology, so that our customers will not have to look further for services,” Hareb (pictured above, left) said.

“Jafza’s success in becoming the most customer-friendly economic and logistics hub in the region is based on its pledge not to compromise on service quality. The convention centre complex will be one of the best in the world. Our goal is unchallenged excellence and the signing of this contract is another step towards that goal,” she said.

“The construction of the convention centre complex is a major milestone in the growth of Jebel Ali Free Zone and being part of this development is a matter of pride for us. We are confident we can provide the best in terms of construction quality and meet the standards of excellence that Jafza expects in the execution of this project,” said Sadik (pictured above, right). 

The initial work on the convention centre complex was launched in April 2007, which is located on Sheikh Zayed Road. It includes facilities such as 22 meeting and conference rooms, exhibitions halls and a 700-seat modular auditorium.

A 22-outlet food court, two terrace restaurants, a fitness centre and a recreational area will enhance its service quality.