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Al Habtoor Leighton secures role in $A1.27B UAE university contract

The value of Al Habtoor Leighton’s share in the contract is 1.5 billion dirhams ($A640 million). The contract was awarded to the Al Habtoor-Murray & Roberts JV by the Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development Company, which is focused on long-term, capital-intensive investments across a number of industries including infrastructure, real estate, energy, health care and aerospace.The Zayed University 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 metres to provide educational facilities for 6000 students as well as related faculty and support staff. Leighton said work on the project would commence immediately, and would be completed in July 2011. This is the JV’s second university project for Mubadala after it secured the Paris Sorbonne University in May this year. Al Habtoor Leighton Group managing director David Savage 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 UAE national women,” he said. “It now educates both male and female students. It has campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and offers similar programs on both campuses.” 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.

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