Abu Dhabi-based NSCC International has won an early works contract from Ithmaar Development Company (IDC), the development manager for the $1.6bn Dilmunia Project in Bahrain, for the Grand Canal and Marina in Bahrain, UAE.
The Grand Canal will traverse through the entire stretch of Dilmunia in a semi-circular route, making it Bahrain’s largest man-made water body and one of Bahrain’s longest continuous promenades.
NSCC projects in the GCC include works in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and in Bahrain, where it was involved in two tower projects in Bahrain Bay.
Works in Dilmunia consist of soil improvement, soil levelling and contiguous pile works, which are preparatory to the construction of the Grand Canal.
The $4.5m contract for the early works package commenced in mid-December 2018 and is targeted for completion in mid-March 2019.
The Dilmunia Grand Canal and Marina is a major element of the development. The Grand Canal will feature public promenades, geysers, water fountains, water walls, cascades, boardwalks and viewing decks.
It will have a length of 1.7km and a width spanning 15 to 35 metres and will have sea water pumped in around the mid-point of the canal with the water flowing via gravity in two opposing directions of the entire canal.
Dilmunia completed its second phase infrastructure works in December 2017, and awarded the third and final phase of infrastructure works in early 2018.
Dilmunia will offer a range of residential and commercial amenities, with developments completed, including The Treasure by Bin Faqeeh Development Company, The Essence of Dilmunia by Ahmed Al Qaed Group, and Seavilla by IDC.
Projects under construction include CanalView by Naseej, The Hanging Gardens by Ahmed Al Qaed Group, Al Tijaria Resort Project (The Commercial Real Estate Development Co) and the Mall of Dilmunia.
The Dilmunia Project is a mixed-use development built on a man-made island off the coast of Muharraq with a health and wellness anchor, including residences, a hotel and leisure and shopping districts anchored around a health and wellness cluster.
The development of the 125-hectare man-made island is being managed by IDC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bahrain-based Ithmaar Bank.
Image: IDC and NSCC International officials at the signing of the contract. Photo: Courtesy of NSCC International Limited.