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Contract won for part of $5bn City of Arabia plan

Contractor appointed for high-rise tower in project which will form gateway to Dubailand.

Simplex Infrastructures Ltd has won a 168 million dirham ($46 million) contract to build Wadi Tower, a key part of the $5 billion retail, residential, commercial and entertainment resort of City of Arabia.

The Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group, the owners of City Arabia, announced on Tuesday it had appointed Simplex as the main contractor for the high-rise tower within the city, which will form the gateway to Dubailand.

India-based Simplex Infrastructures, which beat eight other companies to the contract, said work on site was already underway and it estimated it would employ more than 350 workers at the peak of construction, with the project set for completion by the end of 2010.

“We are excited to have Simplex Infrastructures onboard. We are confident with our decision and believe they are a skilled team who will deliver the project at the highest standard level,” said Ilyas Galadari, chairman of the Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group.

Ani Ray, country director of Simplex Infrastructures, said: “The site preparation began mid-December and our team has begun excavation work. With the piling now complete the next step is to commence pile cutting.”

Wadi Tower, one of a series of high rise buildings within City of Arabia, will boast 30 storeys of luxurious apartments with a health club, swimming pool, high speed elevators and deluxe fittings throughout.  

The tower will form part of a dramatic skyline at the heart of a self-sufficient community, with access via several junctions to and from the Emirates Road as well as City of Arabia's own monorail.

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