Khaldoun Tabari - CEO of Drake & Scull International
Drake & Scull International PJSC (DSI), a regional market leader in the integrated design, engineering and construction disciplines of General Contracting, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP), Water and Power, Rail and Oil and Gas, has announced that it has recently signed a AED 415 million contract to execute the complete MEP works for the iconic Louvre Museum project in Abu Dhabi. The contract was awarded by ASOLOUVRE JV, the Arabtec Construction LLC (Arabtec) -led joint venture with Constructora San Jose SA and Oger Abu Dhabi LLC that has been appointed by master developer Abu Dhabi Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) to be the main contractor of the project.
The scope of work for this contract will be executed in coordination with Habtoor Leighton Specon and includes all incidentals MEP Works on the project scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Louvre Abu Dhabi is located in the Saadiyat Cultural District and is scheduled to be inaugurated in 2015. ASOLOUVRE JV has been awarded earlier in January 2013 a AED 2.4 billion contract by TDIC to construct the landmark museum.
With a built up area of 64,000 square metres, Louvre Abu Dhabi is conceived as a complex of pavilions, plazas, alleyways and canals, evoking the image of a city floating on the sea. Hovering over the complex will be a form inspired by traditional Arabic architecture, a vast shallow dome of around 180 metres in diameter perforated with interlaced patterns so that a magical, diffused light will filter through.
Commenting on the award, Khaldoun Tabari, CEO of Drake & Scull International, said: “The Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi is the most anticipated and prestigious cultural development project in the region. It will be a showcase of artistic mastery and world-class engineering that underlines the vision of Abu Dhabi to be a leading global cultural hub. We thank the Arabtec Led Joint Venture for choosing DSI to execute this iconic project and we are confident that our partnership will bring exceptional value and solid engineering expertise to the international Joint Venture of this prestigious development. ”
“The appointment of DSI as the project’s MEP contractor therefore validates the quality of our work and our proven track record in providing MEP solutions to high-profile projects in the region. Moreover, this is a great opportunity to create a major impression on the local and global market as DSI helps bring to life one of the world’s most iconic art museums,” added Tabari.
DSI continues to enhance and strengthen its services offering with unmatched vertical integration and global footprint.The company successfully achieved total Revenues of AED 2.567 billion and total Net Profit of AED 114.9 million for the first half of 2013 ended June 30th. The financial results reflect growth in revenues and net profit by 71.8% and 53.9% respectively, compared by the first half of 2012. Total project awards year to date reached AED 5.9 billion in KSA, UAE, Qatar, Jordan and India. The Order Backlog reached a record high closing at AED 11.7 billion as of the 30th of June representing a 58.1% growth compared to AED 7.4 billion recorded during the same period last year. The collaborative capabilities of the Engineering services (MEP and Water and Power), General Contracting, Oil and Gas, Rail and Infrastructure development continue to deliver strong performance quality work on project sites. Armed with a multicultural workforce, inherent financial strength and solid regional experience, the company’s outlook remains positive in terms of realising greater profitability and improving productivity across MENA, South Asia and Europe.