Bidding documents for the management of Addu’s Equatorial Convention Centre have been purchased by Immigration Controller Abdulla Shahid, MVK Maldives and Singaporean PAVL Leo.
The documents will be sold until January 18 for Rf2,000 (US$129) for locals and Rf4,626 (US$300) for foreigners. Bids are due by January 19.
The three parties were announced at a pre-bid meeting at the convention center, attended by three other interested parties: Singapore-based Jason Globe Private Limited, local company Liko Travels Private Limited and Abdulla ‘Damas’ Solih of Karankaage/Seenu atoll Hulhudhoo.
Indian and Chinese companies are still expressing interest, reports Haveeru.
The center was built this year for the 17th annual SAARC Summit on a budget of Rf150 million (US$9.7 million). The area is to be developed under the Tourism Act and the Decentralisation Act.
The bid reportedly includes the 7.7 hectares of land on which the centre is built, the 21.2 hectares of pond area that surrounds the centre, and an additional 67 hectares of land on which to build a city hotel.
Addu City Council plans to hand over the centre to a winning party in February 2012. The projected time frame is 18 months.