Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) has signed an agreement worth AED275 million with Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) to construct the next phase of the Jafza One-Jafza Convention Centre complex in Jebel Ali, Dubai.
The project site, which is located on Sheikh Zayed Road, comprises one of the Convention Centre’s two twin-tower commercial buildings, housing more than 450 offices and spanning a total built up area of 72,200 square metres.
HLG’s scope of works includes completion of the fit-out of one of the twin-towers, in addition to completing associated external road works.
HLG CEO and Managing Director, Mr. José Antonio López-Monís, said the contract with Jafza is of great significance to HLG.
“We are proud to continue our partnership with Jafza on this important project and to conclude one element of what will in time become one of the most successful economic and logistics hubs in the region.
“HLG is looking forward to delivering this project to Jafza’s high standards and working with Jafza to reach an agreement regarding completion of the remaining elements of the Convention Centre later this year,” Mr Lopez-Monis said.
HLG commenced work on the Jafza One-Jafza Convention Centre Complex in 2007 when the Group first partnered with Jafza, a flagship Economic Zones World Group Company, to deliver the AED1.9 billion project, which includes a state-of-the-art convention centre, hotel, commercial towers and associated exhibition and recreation facilities.
Mrs. Salma Hareb, CEO of Jafza and Economic Zones World, described the agreement as an important milestone for Jafza.
“We are pleased to again partner with our preferred contractor, the Habtoor Leighton Group, to continue with the Jafza One-Jafza Convention Centre’s exciting development plans.”
Work on the commercial tower and external roads has commenced, with completion scheduled for the end of 2014.
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Habtoor Leighton Group
The Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) is one of the leading diversified international contractors in the Middle East and North Africa. The Group employs 20,000 people and operates in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Afghanistan. HLG is part of the Leighton Group, Australia’s largest project development and contracting group with annual revenues exceeding US$20 billion.
Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza)
Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) is one of the world’s leading free zones. Established in 1985, Jafza is today home to over 7,000 companies, including more than 120 of the Global Fortune 500 enterprises from across the world. It is a leading driver of the burgeoning UAE economy. Jafza is the region’s most efficient logistics hub and the only one in the world located between a top container terminal (Jebel Ali Port) and a top international airport (Al Maktoum International Airport), enabling the best in multi-modal connectivity.
As the leading business hub of the Middle East, it focuses on long term customer relationships and fosters alliances with global investors by providing them world class infrastructure duly supported with quality driven value added services and incentives, enabling them to avail huge business opportunities in the region, in the most efficient way.