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Arabian Construction, Drake & Scull secure Mecca project deal in Saudi Arabia

13 Dec 2012 (Last Updated December 13th, 2012 18:30)

Arabian Construction Company and Drake & Scull Construction have secured a SR2.7bn ($720m) contract to construct phase three of the Jabal Omar development in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Arabian Construction Company and Drake & Scull Construction have secured a SR2.7bn ($720m) contract to construct phase three of the Jabal Omar development in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

As per the terms of the joint venture deal, both the firms will share 50% of the overall value of the contract.

Under the third phase, four hotel towers will be constructed with a total built up area of 400,000m².

Drake & Scull Construction said that it will reveal the additional details on the project and the official scope of works in due course.

In August 2012, Saudi Arabia-based developer Jabal Omar Development Company unveiled a $5.3bn project to build ten hotel towers in the province of Makkah in 2013 to accommodate pilgrims.

The project will be developed in five phases with completion expected in five years.

Saudi Arabia-based Nesma & Partners will construct the first phase of the project, which includes ten towers, while the four-tower second phase will be built by Baytur Construction and Azmeel Contracting & Construction.

Jabal Omar Development, while unveiling plans, said that designs are being drawn for the fourth and fifth phases, with completion expected in six months.

The 544-acre development site, which will incorporate 38 hotel towers managed by 28 companies and a shopping centre, is likely to add 13,500 rooms to Makkah’s hospitality industry upon completion.

Hotel operators Marriott International, Hyatt Hotels, Hilton Hotels and Sheraton will manage hotel properties on the development.

The development, about 300m from the Grand Mosque, will feature a prayer area to host 65,000 worshipers.

Jabal Omar Development was set up to invest $3.2bn in Makkah and is currently developing 2.2 million m² of land near the Grand Mosque.