Zublin Construction has won a contract worth AED500m ($136m) from the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) of Abu Dhabi to renovate the Cultural Foundation Building at Qasr Al Hosn in UAE.
Under the terms of the contract, the 23,000 sq m building will undergo extensive refurbishment and upgrading work, which includes the reintroduction of the library, the creation of exhibition spaces, and the launch of a theatre with seating capacity for 900 spectators.
Additionally, learning and workshop spaces, as well as food and beverage (F&B) areas, will also be developed within the facility.
Project works have already started, and activities such as shoring, excavation, and pile installation for new car parking have been concluded.
The contract awarded to Zublin marks the final in a series of contracts awarded for the Qasr Al Hosn site, and brings DCT's total investment in the project to AED700m ($190.6m).
Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general of the Culture and Tourism Department said: “Because of its historical, social, architectural, symbolic and urban significance, the Cultural Foundation Building has taken its rightful place as one of the major achievements of the emerging nation of the UAE.
“It can rightly be seen as a central component of Abu Dhabi’s living memory, and as a key symbol of the continuation of Abu Dhabi’s cultural growth.
“The Cultural Foundation Building is a major marker on Abu Dhabi’s historic development, and the transition from the past into the present. Moreover, with the building being part of the refurbished Qasr Al Hosn site, this investment will positively impact the Emirate’s status as a cultural tourism destination.”