UAE-based Carillion joint venture selected as preferred bidder for two major contracts in Dubai worth a total of £380m

Support services group will be involved in a mixed-use development on the Dubai Creek waterfront and a retail and public facility project at Jumeirah


A joint venture involving Carillion, which took over Newcastle’s warm front business Eaga in 2011, has been selected as the preferred bidder for two contracts worth a total of £380m.

The United Arab Emirates-based Al Futtaim Carillion (AFC) was chosen by holding company Meraas, of Dubai, for a £225m project involving the build of mixed-use development on the Dubai Creek waterfront.

The development will consist of food, beverage and other retail buildings, as well as underground and multi-storey car parks, three hotels, a mosque, museums, traditional workshops and a market.

Meraas also selected AFC as the preferred bidder for a £155m contract for the construction of La Mer at Jumeirah in Dubai.

The project will see the creation of top-end retail and public-facility buildings, together with substantial external landscaping to create over 1km of beach-themed frontage.

The Carillion group is a leading support services company, employing 40,000 people - 500 of which are based in the North East.

It operates across the UK, the Middle East and Canada.

Carillion chief executive, Richard Howson, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred bidder for these two major contracts.

“This reflects our reputation for high-quality and reliability and we look forward to working with Meraas to deliver these prestigious projects.”


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