Drake and Scull International, the regional MEP giant, has announced that it has agreed to perform $34.5m worth of MEP works for an undisclosed government facility in Abu Dhabi.
The project is DSI’s first agreement in the UAE capital for 2012, and Khaldoun Tabari, CEO of the contractor, said he was delighted with the strong start to the year, though he declined to provide further details for the project.
“This marks an excellent beginning for our activities in Abu Dhabi this year. We have built up a solid reputation for prompt delivery in Abu Dhabi, which we are eager to reaffirm,” he said in a statement.
A DSI source specified that the project would invovle work on a block of administrative buildings, but could not furnish further details.
“Abu Dhabi is definitely making its own mark within the region’s construction industry as it overhauls its urban landscape. This agreement puts us at the heart of the emirate’s development agenda in 2012,” Tabari added.
Ahmad Al Naser, regional operations director for DSI, added that MEP works for the government project would commence immediately, with an expected handover date of March 2013 for the facility.
“Abu Dhabi remains a strategic market for DSI, it is where it first opened in the region, evolved and accumulated a great level of expertise through the execution of a prestigious profile of projects across the residential, commercial, healthcare and hospitality industries over the past 45 years,” Al Naser explained.
Earlier this year, Tabari told MEP Middle East that DSI would continue with its diversification plans which were pivotal to the continuity of business as growth plans were implemented.
He predicted that there would be sustained growth in the region due to the government spending on infrastructure development, which he said remained a strategic priority for governments and an area that he intended for DSI to capitalise on.