Construction work for Al Ghurair Real Estate's Muteena Mixed-Use Building in Dubai's Deira neighbourhood is 60% complete.

Beaver Gulf Group (BGG), which is working as the 6.68ha project's main contractor, told Construction Week that the building is on track to be completed in 2019.

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BGG is implementing around 95% of all activities related to the L-shaped project through a $65.3m (AED240m) contract.

Finishing, fit-out, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) works are currently under way for the 233-unit development, which features homes, shops, and office spaces.

WME is working as the project’s architect of record and supervision consultant, while LW Design Group is involved as the architect.

Due to specific approvals required from authorities such as Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) and Dubai Police, specialised firms have also been contracted for the scheme. These include Hemaya for firefighting-related operations, and Alpha Plus for CCTV activities.

Omnium is involved as cost consultant for the scheme, with Unimix delivering readymix for the development, and SS Lootah Foundations contracted by BGG for enabling work.

Rajesh Kumar Krishna, chief executive officer of BGG, told Construction Week that his team began site works in March 2017.

He continued: “The main challenge of constructing in high-density areas is the no-objection certificates (NOCs) it requires.

“Typically, projects in new Dubai require 15 to 20 NOCs, but old Dubai areas tend to be highly populated, so sites like Muteena need close to 50 NOCs. Some of these are specific to certain areas and locations.

“For instance, we have needed approvals from Dubai Civil Aviation Authority for the height of the tower crane being used.

“Approvals were also needed from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) for entry and exit spots, parking, material loading and unloading, road closures for concreting, and so on,” Krishna added.