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Qatar Entertainment City 2nd phase contract awarded

$27.4m tender awarded for major leisure project, to be finished within 18 months.

Qatar Entertainment City 2nd phase contract awarded
ROLLERCOASTER RIDE: A Six Flags theme park will feature in Qatar Entertainment City.

Qatar Entertainment City (QEC) has announced a QR100m ($27.4m) tender award to HBK Contracting (Hamad bin Khalid Companies) to complete the project's second phase within 18 months.

Phase two of the project includes the construction of roads, sewage network, water systems, and the main irrigation system.

HBK will also be establishing the electrical work such as road lighting as well as the construction of six bridges over the canal and implementing a traffic system.

Entertainment City is an Abu Dhabi Investment House concept of a mixed use development containing components of retail, residential and hospitality with a focus on Entertainment.

QEC, a 1 milion sq m water-front project is being built in the Lusail development, north of Doha.

Its main aim is to create a major tourist destination hub within the GCC.

QEC has recently completed phase on of the infrastructure where the 1.5km water canal dividing the northern dstrict of the city from its southern district had been completed.

Yousef Darwish, general manager of Qatar Entertainment City said: "We are pleased to award a reputable national company the infrastructural work. The completion on time is one of our top priorities as completion of other phases is dependent on this particular activity."

Sheikh Ali bin Hamad Al Thani, HBK chairman added: "We are delighted to get this assignment and our involvement in creating to what will help position Qatar as a tourist destination within the region. One of the main factors of success is an outstanding infrastructure work - which is what we plan on delivering on time."

Earlier this year, an agreement was signed with theme park operator Six Flags to establish Six Flags in QEC as a major entertainment theme park.

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