Group general manager of UAE contracting giant Khansaheb, Stephen Flint, returns to Construction Week’s Power 100 ranking this year.
Already building the world’s largest sports mall in Dubai, Khansaheb is also set to work on a 255-key Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments-branded property in Dubai over the next 12 months, under a contract signed with Enaba Hospitality in March 2019.
Sport Society, the world’s largest sports mall, is being built by Khansaheb with the extensive use of prefabrication technology. The project involves 60,000m3 of concrete and 8,165 tonnes of steel across six storeys, including the floors and the roof. Overall completion on the project is due at the end of 2019, with the development planned to launch in the first quarter of 2020.
The past year has seen the contractor work on a number of projects across the UAE, including the Jumeriah Beach Hotel, the Exchange at Dubai International Financial Centre, and the City Centre Ajman mall.
Flint tells Construction Week that “long tender lists” and “new entrants to the marketplace” are viewed as key challenges that the company will look to overcome in the next 12 months. He adds: “Clients [are] focused on driving down tender prices.
“Contracts are awarded based on [the] lowest possible price, with little regard for the competence and capability of the contractor and their ability to deliver to programme and within budget.”
Check out 2019 Construction Week Power 100 issue here.