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AED 3 billion contract for Zayed University, Abu Dhabi awarded 17 November 2008

AED 3 billion contract for Zayed University, Abu Dhabi awarded

The Al Habtoor - Murray and Roberts Joint Venture has been awarded an AED 3 billion contract for the design and construction of the new Zayed University campus in Abu Dhabi for Mubadala Development Company.

The project involves the design and construction of a new university campus on a plot of approximately 75 hectares and a built-up area of 200,000 square meters to provide educational facilities for 6000 students as well as related faculty and support staff.

The new campus will be located in New Khalifa City, near to Abu Dhabi International Airport, and will be part of the Capital District, one of the major strategic initiatives of the “Plan Abu Dhabi 2030" Urban Structure Framework Plan. The Capital District concentrates the government, academic and knowledge-based sectors, accommodating departmental offices and embassies, as well as national health and educational institutions.

Work on the project will commence immediately, and will be completed in July 2011.

This is Al Habtoor – Murray and Roberts’ second university project for Mubadala after the joint venture secured the Paris Sorbonne University in May this year.

Managing Director of the Al Habtoor Leighton Group, David Savage, said he was delighted to be awarded another project by Mubadala.

He said the project illustrated the type of opportunities still available in the Middle East, and Abu Dhabi in particular.

Zayed University was established in 1998 by the federal government of the United Arab Emirates to educate U.A.E. national women. It now educates both male and female students. It has campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and offers similar programs on both campuses.

Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) is a Public Joint Stock Company headquartered in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. The company manages a multi-billion dollar portfolio of local, regional, and international investments, projects and initiatives in sectors such as energy, aerospace, real estate, healthcare, technology, services and infrastructure. Through its investment and development projects, Mubadala is both a catalyst for, and a reflection of, the drive for economic diversification of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Mubadala’s sole shareholder is the Abu Dhabi Government.