Saadiyat Island resort deal awarded to Hill International

The US project management firm Hill International has won a one-year contract to provide construction management for a new resort development at Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.

The company said the contract has been awarded by Sheikh Suroor Projects Department, on behalf of Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan.

Hill International said the deal was worth Dh7 million and covers the management of a resort on a 113,000 square metre site containing a 293-room hotel. The resort’s operator was not named.

Hill International is already working at Saadiyat Island, having picked up a two-year deal in April 2016 to manage construction of the 374-room Rixos Saadiyat Island Hotel in a joint venture with Ehaf Consulting Engineers. That deal was worth Dh13.8m.

“Saadiyat Island will be an incredible destination for visitors to the region,” said Mohammad Al Rais, the Middle East president for Hill International’s project management business.

This new resort development for Sheikh Suroor will become one of the premier hospitality destinations on the island.”

This month, Hill Interntional reported a net loss of US$18.8 million for 2016, compared with a net profit of $6.9m a year earlier – almost $11.1m of which related to its soon-to-be divested construction claims group, which is due to be sold to Bridgepoint Capital for $147m. The deal is expected to close at the end of the month.

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