By Amy Glass
Dubai construction firm awarded contract by Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority.
Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza) has signed a 1.9 billion-dirham ($517 million) deal with the Al Habtoor Leighton Group to build a convention centre complex in the free zone, the company said on Monday.
Jafza said the complex, located on Sheikh Zayed Road, will comprise of a food court, office complex and a 322-room hotel, spread over an area of 72,700 square metres.
The complex will have a twin-tower commercial building housing 1,274 offices, it said.
Initial work on the complex began in April last year. Jafza did not say when the project would be finished.
Jafza is part of state-owned conglomerate Dubai World.
Al Habtoor is 45% owned by Leighton Holdings, Australia's largest contractor and project developer.