By Andy Sambidge
Construction firm's subsidiary awarded MEP deal for second phase of Danat Al Emarat Hospital
Drake & Scull International Abu Dhabi announced on Wednesday it had been awarded an AED170m ($46.2m) contract in connection with a new hospital in the UAE capital.
The wholly owned subsidiary of Drake & Scull International (DSI) was awarded the deal for the complete mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) works for the second and final package for Danat Al Emarat Women & Children’s Hospital in Abu Dhabi.
Developed by United Eastern Medical (UEMedical), Danat Al Emarat Women & Children’s Hospital is the first planned all-digital hospital in Abu Dhabi.
The 11-storey, 150-bed hospital will provide critically needed maternity and neonatology services in the capital and will become a regional centre of excellence in women’s and children’s health, and a referral centre for high risk pregnancies.
The main contractor of the project is Terna which was awarded the construction contract of the second and final package of the hospital in March.
The value of the contract is AED440m, with the project scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Commenting on the project win, Khaldoun Tabari, CEO of DSI, said: “We have successfully secured AED3.4bn worth of work since the beginning of the year, which clearly indicates the effective diversity of our service portfolio across the region and our commitment to maximizing our shareholders value.
"We started Q3 with this prominent project win in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the second largest contributor to our backlog."
Mark Andrews, managing director of DSI-MEP, added: “DSI has successfully completed a reputable project profile of hospitals of different size and complexities in the region such as the Mina hospital in Mecca, the Jizan hospital in Jizan and the Rashid hospital and American hospital Expansion in Dubai among others.
"We will start the pre-commencement of the MEP works immediately and we expect to hand over the project in November 2012."
Since the Beginning of 2011 DSI has secured a series of civil, MEP and water and power projects in Oman, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Asia and Europe.
The company said it remains bullish on its expectations for the second half of the year and is currently extensively bidding for projects in the MENA and Asian regions.