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Okhta Center Tender Closed

Published: April 29, 2008 (Issue # 1369)


ST. PETERSBURG Arabtec Holding PJSC, the company erecting the worlds tallest building in Dubai, has won a contract to build the 60 billion-ruble ($2.56 billion) headquarters of Gazprom Neft in St. Petersburg.

Arabtec will build the first stage of the planned complex, known as the Okhta Center, which includes a tower that will be about 400 meters (1,050 feet) tall, Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russian natural-gas monopoly Gazprom, said Wednesday in an e-mailed statement.

The skyscraper will include office space as well as entertainment facilities, restaurants and a library, according to the statement. Gazprom Neft is funding 51 percent of the project, while the rest is financed from the city budget in exchange for a 49 percent stake in the complex.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or Unesco, said in January that the proposed skyscraper threatens to disrupt the architecture of the former tsarist capital. The current height limit for buildings in St. Petersburg is set at 48 meters (157 feet).

A St. Petersburg court ruled on Apr. 16 against a lawsuit brought by the Yabloko opposition party that challenged the use of taxpayer money to pay for construction of the building.

Gazprom Neft registered last year as a taxpayer in St. Petersburg, the birthplace of President Vladimir Putin and President-elect Dmitry Medvedev.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at todays Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nations premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the citys elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolans latest film Mommy at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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