Dubai Municipality hands $490m Jaddaf contract

The 5.5ha Dubai Conference Centre (Arena) development, located in Jaddaf and facing Dubai Festival City, will comprise three hotel and office buildings

The Dubai Conference Centre (Arena) will face Dubai Festival City. [Representational image]
The Dubai Conference Centre (Arena) will face Dubai Festival City. [Representational image]


Dubai Municipality announced that it has awarded a contract for the Dubai Conference Centre (Arena) project, worth $490.1m (AED1.8bn). 

The project will be carried out by the department implemented to host Dubai Expo 2020.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, and Mohammed Al-Mashrom, the Director of the General Projects Department, announced the project's details. 

Three hotel and office buildings, and a conference hall, will be developed as a part of the project. 

Located in Al Jaddaf, the development spans 5.5ha and faces Dubai Festival City. 

The project also comprises the Sheikh Rashid Hall building for conferences, which will be 30m high and span 1.76ha.

With a capacity of 10,000, the building will include seating designed like a theatre's interiors, to host international conferences, seminars, meetings, music concerts, and theatrical shows.

The hall is divided into three levels, and will comprise five sub-halls – conference halls and multi-purpose halls – with a total area of 10,500 sqf.

Each hall can accommodate up to 1,000 persons.

The main hall and the sub-hall have been linked to the hotel buildings and offices through Concourse Building, that will be 25m high, 150m long, and span 50,000 sqf. 

One of the two planned hotels will be a 33-storey three-star development spanning 2.3ha. 

The other hotel will be a four-star rated facility 48 storeys high, and spanning 3.81ha. 

A 36-storey office building, with an area of 2.87ha, has also been planned for the project. 

The ground floors of both hotels will be dedicated for commercial use. 

Basement parking lots will span 6.5ha and accommodate 1,800 cars, according to state agency WAM.

Details about the project's construction timeline or costs were not revealed. 

The project is being developed with the approval of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. 

Municipality chief Lootah said the development is one of the initiatives being implemented in the emirate to spur the local tourism sector ahead of Dubai's Expo 2020 event. 

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