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Leighton bags UAE contracts worth $650mn

Australian construction firm to build convention centre in Dubai and hotels in Abu Dhabi.

Australian construction firm Leighton International has been awarded $650 million of new work in the UAE, the company said on Tuesday.

Leighton said that through its 45%-owned associate Al Habtoor Engineering it has secured the $520 million contract for the construction of the new Jafza convention centre in Dubai and two hotels for Aldar Properties on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi worth a total $130 million.

"These new contracts are further evidence of the tremendous opportunities for growth for Leighton International in the Arabian Gulf region, and the UAE in particular," said David Savage, managing director of Leighton.

The Jafza convention centre complex will comprise twin towers for the convention centre, a food court, a 33-storey office complex and seven-storey hotel, the company said.

The project for Aldar comprises the construction of two separate four-star hotels on adjacent plots on Yas Islandi. The first hotel comprises 400 rooms and 30 suites; the second 200 rooms and 10 suites, it added.

Leighton said construction will commence immediately and will be completed in September 2009.

Last month Leighton secured the $290 million JW Marriott Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

The project for Abu Dhabi National Hotels was the first contract won by Al Habtoor Engineering since it merged with Leighton International's operations in the Arabian Gulf in September, the company said.

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