Bids invited for Louvre Abu Dhabi

Haseeb Haider
Filed on March 25, 2012
Bids invited for Louvre Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI — Abu Dhabi has invited construction companies for pre-qualification for the construction work of its iconic museum Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is being built on Saadiyat Island.

Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), which is developing the tourism hotspots in the emirate, has asked the construction firms to register their interest and request for a pre-qualification document before March 31, and submit it by April 5. The project stands benefitted from the low costs of construction material and a slump in the construction activity.

The Abu Dhabi Executive Council in January gave its go ahead to more than 20 infrastructure projects after a detailed review.

These projects included museums, expansion of the Abu Dhabi International Airport, highways, educational institutions, hospitals, industrial zones and housing schemes for UAE nationals.

The museum designed by Jean Nouvel will form an iconic landmark within the Cultural District of Saadiyaat, an estimated $27 billion cultural, leisure, business and luxury residential development. A key design element of the Louvre Abu Dhabi will be its dome, 180 metres in diameter, floating above a cluster of buildings and waterways.

Perforated by interlaced patterns, the dome will let a diffused light filter magically into the spaces below. Louvre Abu Dhabi is due to open in 2015.

Built on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, the 24,000-square metre Louvre Abu Dhabi is conceived as a complex of pavilions, plazas, alleyways and canals, evoking the image of a city floating on the sea. The project saw ground breaking in 2009, while piling work was completed in July 2010. A senior executive at a leading construction firm in Abu Dhabi said the announcementreflects positively on the economic outlook of the UAE. “We were waiting for it,” he said. It will create 4000-5000 jobs in the construction industry for three years and opportunities for big contractors and hundreds of sub-contractors, he said.

“The main contract works will include concrete structure and superstructure, structural steel works and feature cladding to the dome, mechanical work, electrical and plumbing works, vertical transportation, specialist security installation, fit-out works and external works,” says the pre-qualification document.

TDIC will build four museums in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island to attract tourism to the Emirate, where it will house Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Louvre Abu Dhabi apart from Zayed National Museum and Maritime Museum.

A Performing Arts Centre is also part of the project. Its leisure component will include boutique hotels.

Spreading on 27, the Saadiyat Island project is due for completion in 2020 and is created around an environmentally sensitive philosophy with a special low-density master plan, says TDIC’s website.

According to the website, Saadiyat will eventually be home to an estimated 145,000 residents with a full complement of leisure and tourism facilities, as well as civic and cultural institutions.

Saadiyat will embody an energetic business hub with truly world-class hospitality, retail, residential and cultural offerings to make this the ultimate address.

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