June 11, 2014: ADPC, the master developer of ports and industrial zones, has awarded an AED 20 million contract to Alba Tec; a construction company specialized in pre-engineered building, to manage the second phase development of Marfa Port in the Al Gharbia Region of the Abu Dhabi emirate.
Akram Chalich, Managing director of "Alba Tec Construction and Development", and Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of ADPC (right, below), met at ADPC's headquarters to formally seal the agreement and sign the contract.
The development work in Marfa Port has been split into two phases. The first phase of development represented an investment approximately of AED 17 million, this together with the second phase will total an investment of more than AED 40 million.
Commenting on the signing of the contract, Capt. Al Shamisi said: "The development of Marfa Port is one of our most important projects in the Al Gharbia region. Established in the 1970s, Marfa has been a fishing port and a location for pearl diving. It is a beautiful location for tourism and substantial development is planned for the area, as part of the 2030 Economic Plan. The investment in port facilities and improved infrastructure will support and facilitate this development in the years ahead."
Akram Chalich, Managing director of "Alba Tec Construction and Development", added: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank ADPC for awarding Alba Tec this, the second phase of the design, build and development of Marfa Port.
"We are committed to delivering the project on time and to the highest quality standards. All of the buildings will be sustainable, meeting the ESTIDAMA Pearl 2 rating standards using green materials and saving energy.
"It is Alba Tec's great honour to be part of ADPC's development and investment project at Marfa, and to support the UAE's wider tourism and commercial goals as part of the Abu Dhabi 2030 Economic Plan."
The first phase of development which is almost 95% complete focused on improving the port facilities.
The second phase of the development will focus on the landside infrastructure and new marina facilities. These will include an administration building, a fish-market, a supermarket, café and new restaurant building. There will be retail units for boat maintenance businesses and dry boat parking.
All of the projects and the new buildings will be Estidama compliant, with two pearl rating, meeting the Government's environmental and sustainability regulations.
ADPC has four ports in the Al Gharbia region; Marfa, Al Sila, Mugharrag, and Delma. ADPC is leading a programme of investment in each area designed to boost local business and industries, and increase the maritime facilities to support forthcoming infrastructure development.
As the master developer and regulator of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, ADPC's core objective is to facilitate the diversification of the economy by stimulating development and trade, following Abu Dhabi's Economic Vision 2030. ADPC manages nine commercial, logistics, community and leisure ports, including its flagship state-of-the-art, deep-water Khalifa Port. ADPC supports partners' infrastructure projects and sets up new companies and joint ventures in the ports and industrial zones sectors.
ADPC is also developing Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad). Located adjacent to Khalifa Port, Kizad serves a range of logistics and manufacturing investors, and will grow into one of the world's largest industrial zones.
The company's AED 24.2 billion (USD 6.5billion) flagship Khalifa Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) has been designed to be flexible to reflect market needs.
Kizad was launched to market in 2010, and the whole of Khalifa Port was inaugurated on 12/12/12 by UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The port's semi-automated container terminal was launched on 1 September, 2012 and is now handling all of Abu Dhabi's container traffic, after its transfer from Zayed Port, the historic port in the city centre.
Phase One of Khalifa Port has a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs, plus 12 million tons of general cargo. Further phases of development will occur as market demand requires. With all phases complete, Khalifa Port will be able to handle 15 million TEUs and 35 million tons of general cargo per year.