The main structural part of the Dh500 million construction work on the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre is complete and the main shell of the building is in place.
Phase two has entered the final stage of construction, said the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec), and over the next few weeks glazing, marble and other key elements will begin to be installed.
Some 2,300 workmen are currently employed on the project in a 24-hour programme. Construction is scheduled for completion in September this year.
Simon Horgan, CEO of Adnec, said: "Despite testing conditions within the regional construction industry, construction on the second phase has progressed on schedule throughout the entire development. This is a credit to all involved."
Horgan stressed the speed of development has been credited to the company's partnering programme, which has been adopted in all its development initiatives. "The partnering programme places all parties involved in the project as a single team to immediately tackle and overcome issues that may arise. Adnec pioneered this non-confrontational approach to building on the first phase with a huge amount of success; it is a philosophy that is central to all of our projects."
Arabtec is the lead contractor on phase two, while Mace is the project manager. On completion of the second phase, Adnec will be the largest exhibition centre in the Middle East with more than 55,000 square metres of exhibition space spread across twelve halls.