TDIC / Guggenheim Foundation - Saadiyat Island: Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum

General Information
Owner Guggenheim Foundation
Masterplan Project (Parent Profile) TDIC – Saadiyat Island Development – Abu Dhabi
Location Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE
Status --
Sector Construction, Cultural, Museum, Library
Contract Type Build
Onshore/Offshore Onshore
Greenfield/Brownfield Greenfield
Progress 4
Estimated Budget Value ---
Contract Value 1000
Net Value $1000m
Award Date September 2021
Completion Date August 2025
Last Updated On November 2021
ProjectId (Old, New) 4982, 106249


Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) and Guggenheim Foundation (GF) are undertaking the construction of the Guggenheim Museum project in Abu Dhabi, the UAE.

In a bid to serve the world as a destination for the advancement of knowledge and the understanding of culture through arts, New York-based Guggenheim Foundation plans to establish a world-class museum (30,000m2) devoted to modern and contemporary art called the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The museum will be the only Guggenheim museum in the region.

The US$1,250 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of a museum

a. Construction of 13,000m2 of gallery space

b. Construction of 18,000m2 of exhibition space

c. Construction of a conservation laboratory

d. Construction of a 350-seat theater

e. Construction of a library

f. Construction of a research center

g. Construction of food and beverage outlets

2. Construction of retail centers

3. Construction of parking facilities

4. Development of landscaping

5. Installation of elevators and safety systems

Second Section

24 November 2021

Foundation works have been completed and mobilization works have been commenced on the project and the MEP sub-contractor is yet to be appointed.

19 October 2021

The MEP subcontracting tender is yet to be awarded. Among others, Voltas Electromechanical have submitted bids.

30 September 2021

The joint venture of Besix and Trojan General Contracting has been awarded the main contract with an approximate contract value of US$1billion. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2025.

28 September 2021

As per the site visit on September 16, 2021, Rider Levett Bucknall has been appointed as the cost consultant, WSP Middle East Ltd is working as the supervision consultant, & Artelia has been appointed as the Marine Consultant for the main works. NSCC International has replaced Habtoor STFA Soil Group as the new enabling works sub-contractor.

05 September 2021

The main contract bids are still under evaluation.

01 August 2021

The main contract bids are still under evaluation.

20 June 2021

The main contract bids are still under evaluation.

27 May 2021

The main contract bids are still under evaluation.

26 April 2021

Market sources indicate the Besix and Trojan JV are the frontrunners for the project.

05 April 2021

The main contract bids are still under evaluation.

18 February 2021

The main contract bids are still under evaluation.

04 January 2021

The main contract bids are still under evaluation.

09 November 2020

The main contract bids are still under evaluation.

22 September 2020

The main contract bids are still under evaluation.

11 August 2020

BESIX and Trojan General Contracting JV, ALEC and Grupo Sanjose amongst others have submitted the bids for the project.

13 May 2020

The bid submission deadline for the main contract has been further extended to June 28, 2020.

21 April 2020

The bid submission for the main contract is expected on May 12, 2020.

02 March 2020

Dhabi Contracting and Grupo Sanjose amongst others are likely to submit bids for the main contract.

31 December 2019

Arup and Auerbach Pollock Friedlander are the consultants working on the project. The prequalification document submission is ongoing and the entire project is scheduled for completion in 2022.

17 October 2019

The main contract tender has been cancelled. The client has issued a new prequalification notification and the following companies amongst others were invited: Alec, Arabian Construction Company and Trojan General Contracting.

26 July 2019

The client is in the process of appointing project management consultant (PMC) for the project.

26 April 2019

The project has been revived and expected to complete in 2022.

28 November 2018

Project is on hold due to unfavorable market condition.

28 September 2018

Market sources indicate that the project is under Post Tender Clarification and might be re-tendered. However, an official confirmation for the same is pending and the timeframe for the reissue of the main contract tender is not known at this juncture.

05 June 2018

Market sources indicate that the project is under Post Tender Clarification and might be re-tendered. However, an official confirmation for the same is pending and the timeframe for the reissue of the main contract tender is not known at this juncture.

19 April 2018

The design works are nearing completion.

27 March 2018

There is no news from the client's side regarding the main contract award.

17 January 2018

There is no news from the client's side regarding the main contract award.

02 January 2018

Market sources reveal that the main contract has not been awarded yet.

23 November 2017

There is no news from the client's side regarding the main contract award.

23 October 2017

There is no news from the client's side regarding the main contract award.

14 September 2017

There is no news from the client's side regarding the main contract award.

14 August 2017

Rider Levett Bucknall is no longer involved in the project.

13 July 2017

There is no news from the client's side regarding the main contract award.

14 June 2017

There is no news from the client's side regarding the main contract award.

01 June 2017

There is no news from the client's side regarding the main contract award.

10 May 2017

The client has requested the contractors to renew their tender bid bonds for the project.

20 April 2017

The main contract is not awarded yet.

22 March 2017

Main contract tender process is facing delays. There is no news in the market regarding further progress on the project.

22 February 2017

Main contract tender process is facing delays. There is no news in the market regarding further progress on the project.

01 February 2017

There is no news from the client's side regarding the main contract award.

17 January 2017

The main contract is not awarded yet.

05 January 2017

There is no news from the client's side regarding the main contract award.

07 December 2016

There is no news from the client's side regarding the main contract award.

04 November 2016

Main contract has not been awarded yet.

25 October 2016

There is no news from the client's side regarding the main contract award.

25 September 2016

Market sources indicate that the main contract is expected to be awarded by the end of 2016 or early 2017.

30 August 2016

Market sources indicate that the main contract is expected to be awarded by the end of 2016 or early 2017.

28 July 2016

The project is not awarded yet.

20 July 2016

The project is not awarded yet. Market sources reveal that the project might be temporarily suspended. However, there is no confirmation from the client's side.

05 July 2016

The project is not yet awarded.

01 July 2016

TDIC is in the process of selecting contractor.

07 June 2016

The main contract is expected to be awarded by the end of 2016 or early 2017.

10 May 2016

The project is not yet awarded.

12 April 2016

The project is not yet awarded.

15 March 2016

There has been no confirmation from the client about the award.

16 February 2016

The project is not yet awarded.

27 January 2016

The project is not yet awarded.

01 January 2016

TDIC is in the process of selecting contractor

28 December 2015

The project is not yet awarded.

01 December 2015

The project is not yet awarded.

03 November 2015

The project is not yet awarded.

04 October 2015

The ground breaking for the project is expected by Q2 2016 and the museum is expected to open by 2017.

15 September 2015

The project is not awarded yet.

17 August 2015

The project is not awarded yet.

20 July 2015

Bids are under evaluation and the project is not yet awarded.

01 July 2015

Bids are under evaluation and the project is not yet awarded.

17 June 2015

The project is not yet awarded.

13 May 2015

Revised bids were submitted by bidders on April 29, 2015. Following are the bidders : Arabtec Construction / TAV, Besix, Consolidated Contractors Company / Ed Zueblin (Source: MEED)

01 May 2015

Revised bids were submitted by bidders on April 29, 2015.

30 April 2015

Revised bids were submitted by bidders on April 29, 2015. The client has also reduced the scope by making changes to the roof design in order to lower costs. Market sources indicate that the project is expected to be awarded after the Sheikh Zayed National Museum project.

16 April 2015

Client is in discussion with Arabtec Construction & Consolidated Contractors for the main contract award.

09 March 2015

The project is not yet awarded.

29 December 2014

The project is not yet awarded and there is no feedback from the client on the same.

06 November 2014

The project is not yet awarded and there is no feedback from the client on the same.

27 August 2014

Following companies have submitted bids on the project: Besix Construction / Dhabi Contracting JV, Arabtec Construction, Habtoor Leighton Group / National Projects & Construction JV

01 August 2014

One company and two groups of companies have submitted bids for the project.

15 July 2014

The client has extended the bid submission date from July 03, 2014 to August 4, 2014.

24 June 2014

Following companies have collected the tender documents and are likely to submit bids for the project: Arabtec, Trojan / Al Habtoor Leighton, Strabag / CCC and BESIX

09 June 2014

The client has extended the bid submission date from May 08, 2014 to July 03, 2014.

05 March 2014

BESIX and Royal BAM are others companies to collect the main contract tender documents and are expected to submit bids on May 08, 2014.

17 December 2013

Media sources indicate that the client has invited prequalified companies to collect tender documents for the main contract for the project.

17 November 2013

Industry sources indicate that PQ shortlist has yet not happened as against the previous news informing that companies has been shorlisted, also the companies have been told to submit the mockup upon which the companies would be shorlisted and would be informed to collect the tender.

06 November 2013

Industry sources indicate that the project is expected to be awarded by Q2 2014.

01 November 2013

Pre-tender activities are underway.

20 August 2013

Industry sources on the project indicate that the last date for collecting the pre qualification documents is on August 25, 2013. The submission of pre qualification documents is on September 8, 2013.

01 August 2013

TDIC invited pre-qualification bids for the main contract work.

18 July 2013

The project has been retendered and the the fresh tender documents are likely to be issued by Q4 2013.

03 June 2013

A company active on the project quoted that the project has been revived and the tenders are likely to be issued by July 2013.

10 February 2013

Industry sources indicate that the $400m project is still on hold. The time-frame for revival of the project is yet unknown.

20 June 2012

Industry sources indicate that the $400m project has been put on hold during its EPC PQ stage as there is no substaintial progress on it as of now.So far the timeframe of revival has not yet been finalised.

25 January 2012

The client has cancelled the tender for the structural package on the project as it is currently reviewing its procurement strategy and will not be awarding the contract at this stage.Bid bonds will be returned to bidders.This project is expected to be delayed due to extensive amount of work required to be done for quality purposes thus,the project is experiencing delay.

20 October 2011

Earlier,the following companies had submitted bids for the concrete works contract: Brookfield Multiplex (formerly known as Nasa Multiplex), ALEC, Al Fara'a General Contracting Company, Murray & Roberts / Al Habtoor Leighton Group, Arab Technical Construction Company (Arabtec), Oger Abu Dhabi LLC, Al Futtaim Carillion (AFC), Orascom, Terna, Samsung Engineering

01 October 2011

TDIC has cancelled a tender process of the project and placed the project on hold.

01 September 2011

The project has been put on hold according to Third party sources.

19 July 2011

Currently bids for concrete works are under evaluation.

07 March 2011

Prospective bidders (Concrete works) Industry sources indicate that the following five companies amongst others are likely to submit bid for the concrete works contract: Brookfield Multiplex (formerly known as Nasa Multiplex), ALEC, Al Fara'a General Contracting Company, Murray & Roberts / Al Habtoor Leighton Group, Arab Technical Construction Company (Arabtec), Oger Abu Dhabi LLC, Al Futtaim Carillion (AFC)

01 November 2010

The placement of 1,400 piles has been completed by Al Habtoor/HSSG JV.

18 October 2010

Piling and overall design works have been completed.

26 August 2010

Piling works: Al Habtoor STFA Soil Group (HSSG)

26 August 2010

Piling work: The placement of the 1400 piles is anticipated to be completed by Q1 2011.

02 February 2010

Construction PQ Requisition: February 2010 (Piling works), Construction PQ Submission: March 2010, Construction PQ: Q2 2010, Construction ITB: Q2 2010, Construction Bid Submission: Q3 2010, Construction Award: Q3 2010

26 October 2009

Prequalification Submission (Main contract) The following companies have submitted prequalification document: Arab Technical Construction Company (Arabtec), ALEC, URSSA, Sembawang, Samsung Corporation, Nasa Multiplex, Al Habtoor Engineering Enterprises, Oger Abu Dhabi, Ed Zubelin, National Projects & Construction (NPC), Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Larsen & Toubro Limited

07 September 2009

Prequalification Submission It is understood that the following six companies are likely to submit prequalification document: Arab Technical Construction Company, National Projects and Construction (NPC), Leighton, Murray & Roberts, Al Habtoor Engineering Enterprises, Balfour Beatty

14 March 2007

Conceptual designs are ongoing.

10 March 2007

In a bid to serve the world as a destination for the advancement of knowledge and the understanding of culture through arts, New York-based Guggenheim Foundation plans to establish a world-class museum (30000 square metres) devoted to modern and contemporary art called the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (GAD). The museum will be the only Guggenheim museum in the region.

01 March 2007

Frank Gehry has been appointed as architect and Lord Cultural Resources has been appointed as advisory services for the project

30 September 2004

TDIC announced plans to undertake the Guggenheim Museum project.