Chinese contractors recce Dubai looking for a way in

Current value of municipal projects being implemented in the emirate is Dhs2.26 billion

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By  Eudore Chand Published  June 19, 2004

A delegation of leading Chinese contractors was on a visit to Dubai recently to study the possibilities of cashing in on the ongoing construction boom that the emirate of Dubai is witnessing. The delegation, while on its study tour, visited the Dubai Municipality, a major source of civic projects. Dubai Municipality is currently implementing projects worth Dhs2.26 billion in different sectors and in various parts of the emirate. The projects are being undertaken in a bid to keep up with the all-round development of the emirate and its growing requirements for new facilities, according to Rashad Mohammed Bukhash, director of the general projects department at the municipality. He was briefing the 14-member Chinese delegation, which was headed by Chang Hai Chi, vice-chairman of the Chinese International Contractors Association. The team paid a visit to the municipality to learn about potential investment opportunities in the implementation of civic projects in Dubai. Bukhash said the civic body was currently undertaking general projects in such varied sectors as universities and educational institutions, parks and recreation centres, markets, marine projects, historic buildings and architecture conservation, clubs and associations, and general buildings. Some of these projects include the Higher Colleges of Technology for Women, Zabeel Park, Zayed University and Used Cars Exhibition (Phase II). He briefed the Chinese delegation, which included representatives from 11 major Chinese contracting firms, on the organisational structure of the general projects department and the procedures being adopted by the civic body in awarding the projects to consultants and contractors. “Dubai Municipality has adopted a policy of strengthening private sector partnership in implementing various projects. For instance, we have offered the Zabeel Technology Theme Park to private investors who can come up with innovative ideas to offer the best ‘edutainment’ facilities to the public,” he said. The Chinese team leader said delegation members were visiting Dubai in order to learn about the investment opportunities in the city for major international firms. He noted that the association has members have undertaken projects in 180 countries including the UAE.

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