Arabtec Construction wins big Jordanian contract

Abu Dhabi-based Arabtec Construction has been selected to execute an a $1.55-billion contract for construction of the Red Sea Astrarium, a themed entertainment resort in Aqaba, Jordan.

Construction Digital reports that the Astrarium is an integrated entertainment, hospitality, and leisure development that is sure to become a family destination, attracting visitors from across the Middle East, as well as thrill seekers from all over the world.

Developed by an international fund, Red Sea Astrarium LP, the themed entertainment park will be home to four luxury hotels comprised of more than 2,000 rooms. These include a themed boutique hotel, a five-star hotel, a family leisure hotel, and a hotel specializing in meetings and conferences.

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Hasan Abdullah Ismaik, managing director and CEO of Arabtec Holding, said: "We are pleased to be involved in this important project which will further boost the Jordanian economy and enhance the country’s attraction as a tourist destination. We are already actively involved in two major projects in Jordan and look forward to expanding our presence there to take advantage of Jordan’s huge potential."

Arup will undertake the infrastructure design and engineering, while architectural firm Callison has been engaged to work with Rubicon Group Holding and its team of visionaries, including Paramount Parks & Resorts and CBS Consumer Products, to plan and create a world class destination resort.

Construction work on the project is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2014, with the third quarter of 2017 targeted as the soft opening date.

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