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AST receives Dh142m Al Bateen contract

By Staff Writer

Abu Dhabi Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) has awarded the Dh142 million contract of the marina of Al Bateen Wharf Hotel project to AST, a contracting company.

The contract covers dredging and construction of a two-km quay wall and pontoons for the Fishermen's Marina at the Al Bateen Wharf urban redevelopment project. The marine work has already commenced and is expected to take a year to complete.

TDIC is redeveloping 54,000 sqm at Al Bateen, under a public-private-partnership with the UAE's Belbadi Enterprises, into a signature waterfront destination with a luxury five-star Al Bateen Wharf Hotel complex. The project, due for completion in 2011, is estimated to cost about Dh1.6bn.

Featuring berths for 320 fishing vessels and 38 racing dhows, the marina is central to the revitalisation of Abu Dhabi's Al Bateen district.

CEO Lee Tabler said the area will be developed as per the best sustainable practices.