By Andy Sambidge
Carillion says branded Abu Dhabi hotel is set to be completed in Q1 2017
UK construction giant Carillion said on Wednesday that its joint venture business in the UAE has won a contract to build a Hard Rock Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
Al Futtaim Carillion has been awarded a £110 million ($181 million) contract by Aabar Properties to build the five star hotel.
The property, first announced in 2012, will have 378 rooms and will be located on the UAE capital's Corniche.
The hotel will be the first entry into the Middle East for the famous US hospitality brand.
The hotel will also feature an assortment of signature restaurants, entertainment and meeting facilities, including the renowned Hard Rock Café, Carillion said in a statement.
Other key attractions will include a Sky Lobby on the fifth floor podium, a Lobby Bar with outdoor entertainment deck and hookah lounge, as well as a 37th floor Sky Bar with swimming pool.
The resort will also host the Body Rock fitness centre and signature Rock Spa.
Construction is scheduled to begin this month, with completion in the first quarter of 2017.
Carillion chief executive, Richard Howson, said: "We are delighted to have been selected for this important contract, which reflects our reputation for delivering projects to high standards of quality, safety and reliability.
"We look forward to working with Aabar Properties to deliver this prestigious hotel."