Al Naboodah tees off on Jumeirah Golf contract

Contractor takes US $200 million contract to build first phase of themed golf development

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By  Sean Cronin Published  February 18, 2006

Al Naboodah Contracting has won the first construction package on Nakheel’s Jumeirah Golf Estates development in Dubai. The works contract involves the initial earthworks to rough grade 375 ha of the northern section of the site, which includes the Greg Norman-designed Fire and Earth courses. The deal, which covers the first of the four-phase development, also includes the provision of site office accommodation and associated utilities. The total construction package for the first phase is worth US $200 million (AED one billion) and will contain a golf clubhouse and country club along with 946 serviced villas. Work on the 1119 ha golf and residential project, which is located off the Emirates Road between Dubai Sports City and the Green Community, is expected to begin at the end of February. The project will include four environmentally themed 18-hole courses — Earth, Fire, Wind and Water. The Earth and Fire courses and their surrounding residences will be built first, followed by Vijay Singh’s Water course; then the Wind course. Earth and Fire are expected to open later in 2007, with the first residents moving in by mid-2008. The long-term build out strategy will see construction being completed in 2012. Al Naboodah has been involved in the construction of golf courses for almost 20 years. “We are delighted to have a firm of the calibre and reputation of Al Naboodah working with us on this project, and are very reassured that these crucial first steps are in safe hands,” said Dina Al Jaflah, general manager of Jumeirah Golf Estates.

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