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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ROADS, TUNNELS AND BRIDGES

Saadiyat bridge will capture the heart of Abu Dhabi

Posted on 25/08/2009

Since Abu Dhabi was first settled by tribesmen from Liwa and Al Ain in the late 18th century, visitors came to the island primarily along one of two routes. They either waded across a shallow waterway guarded by the al Maqta tower, or much more recently, crossed the Maqta or Mussaffah bridges. More than 300 years of tradition is about to radically change with the opening next month of the Saadiyat bridge that connects downtown Abu Dhabi with Saadiyat Island. The 1.4km "post-tensioned ...  >>MORE

New tunnel, bridge to help ease traffic in Sharjah

Posted on 04/08/2009

The Culture and Flying Saucer square-like roundabouts in Sharjah which was converted into a tunnel and a bridge by the Sharjah Directorate of Public Works (DPW) will be inaugurated on August 8 as scheduled, 
it was announced. The work started in September, 2007, and has cost Dh433 million to help ease the traffic flow between the airport and Al Wahada Street. Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Executive Council and the Director General, DPW said, "The total cost of the ...  >>MORE

After Salam Street disruptions, big plans feature tiny footprints

Posted on 04/08/2009

Upcoming transport projects in the capital will create fewer disruptions than were caused by the Salam Street tunnel work, the Government has said. Abu Dhabi is preparing to break ground in the next two to three years on a number of multibillion-dirham initiatives in its overhaul of the transport system, including a 340km tram network and up to 130km of Metro lines. The eventual goal is to encourage up to 40 per cent of commuters to use public transit during rush hour. But unlike the Salam ...  >>MORE

Left lane of Mina Road in Abu Dhabi to be closed 2 months

Posted on 29/07/2009

Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM) on Tuesday announced that the left lane of Mina Road, starting from the intersection of Old Mazda Street going towards Mina, will be closed starting on the evening of Wednesday, 29 July, Abu Dhabi Municipality said in its latest road update. It will remain closed to traffic for approximately two months in order to remove the light poles on the road. This is part of the first phase Al Salam Street improvement project. Al-Salam Street Projects are in line with Plan ...  >>MORE

Elevators for overhead bridges in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 11/07/2009

Elevators will be installed for the overhead bridges in the Tourist Club, Salaam Street and Eastern Ring Road Development areas in the Capital, the municipality announced. Isa Al Mazrouie, Director of Internal Roads and Infrastructure, said the first phase would see the construction of elevators on three pedestrian bridges opposite the Abu Dhabi Mall, Meridien Hotel and Khalifa (B) complex. The move aims to encourage road users and pedestrians, particularly elderly and children to be on safe ...  >>MORE

RTA to upgrade Al Khail road

Posted on 09/06/2009

The Board of Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), chaired by the Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of RTA, Mattar Al Tayer, has approved a contract to construct Phase IV of Al Khail Road Improvement Project (Intersection of Al Khail road and Umm Suqeim road) at a cost of Dhs307,368,000. "Phase IV of Al Khail Road Improvement Project will see the replacement of the existing roundabout at the Intersection of Al Khail road and Umm Suqeim road by a multi-level interchange ...  >>MORE

RTA endorses construction of Mirdiff City Centre-bound bridges costing Dh184m

Posted on 24/05/2009

The Board of Directors of Roads "&” Transport Authority (RTA), chaired by H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board "&” Executive Director of RTA, endorsed the award of a Contract to construct Mirdiff City Centre-Bound Bridges at a cost of Dh184 million to be borne by Majid Al Futtaim Co. "The Project is meant to provide entry "&” exit points to Mirdiff City Centre from all directions by capitalizing on the existing bridges "&” slopes in addition to constructing new bridges. The project has ...  >>MORE

Dubai road projects will meet population expansion

Posted on 16/05/2009

The Dubai Road and Transports Authority (RTA) has completed construction of 40 -50 per cent of the road projects in the emirate, revealed HE Matter Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Roads '&' Transport Authority (RTA). "With current achievements, the RTA has reduced the emirate's losses caused by the traffic jams to Dh4 billion from Dh5.9 billion", he added. He told Dubai TV in an interview yesterday that the traffic was not affected by the World Financial Crisis as the ...  >>MORE

First lane opens on capital bridge

Posted on 27/04/2009

The first lane of highway on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Bridge has been completed, allowing construction lorries to cross the water on what will be the longest bridge in the UAE. The Dh671 million (US$183m) link connects the capital to the emerging cultural district on Saadiyat Island. On a visit, The National saw the bridge being prepared for its final phase of construction, including painting, the addition of protection barriers, architectural cladding and lights. Access ramps in the Mina Zayed ...  >>MORE

ADM to introduce a new alternative route to Abu Dhabi Mall

Posted on 30/03/2009

Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM) will soon open a new alternative route leading directly to the Abu Dhabi Mall area. The new road, which will be completed before the end of March, will be the rightmost lane of the Eastern Ring Road. Previously, the Abu Dhabi Mall area could be reached by turning right at the Salam-Al Falah Street intersection which is now closed to traffic. With this new development, however, drivers coming from the Eastern Ring Road heading to Abu Dhabi Mall are advised to ...  >>MORE

Upper deck of Financial Center road nearing completion

Posted on 29/03/2009

The region's first two-tier road is fast nearing completion with the Phase-2 of the upper deck of the Dh605 million Financial Center Road Project set to open for traffic by late April this year, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said on Saturday. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and executive director of RTA, said the second phase consisting of an elevated bridge will be opened for traffic coming from the Al Khail and the Business Bay roads. The project entails construction of a ...  >>MORE

Key highway project right on track

Posted on 17/03/2009

The Saadiyat link needed for a major motorway that will dramatically reduce the time it takes to travel downtown from Abu Dhabi International Airport will be ready by Sept 1. The Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) took The National for a helicopter tour of Saadiyat Island this week, providing an exclusive survey of infrastructure progress on the project. Aldar's 1.4km Saadiyat Bridge is 85 per cent finished, with just a few gaps left to fill in visible from the air. By next ...  >>MORE

RTA to finish 11 projects worth Dh3.8bn in H1

Posted on 08/02/2009

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority will complete 11 road and bridge projects worth about Dh3.8 billion in various parts of the city in the first half of this year, said its top official. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, said: "The projects have been undertaken as part of the RTA's Master Plan to keep pace with the urban development of the emirate and cope with the present and projected demographic expansion." The projects include the Dubai Bypass ...  >>MORE

Bid to expand Al Mafraq-Al Ghoueifat road floated

Posted on 05/02/2009

Abu Dhabi Transport Department has announced that five world alliances out of nine have applied for the new international Al Mafraq-Al Ghoueifat highway worth Dh10 billion in line with partnership principle between private and public sectors. According to press released issued by the department, the current phase came after the department invited major world companies to design, construct, finance and operate the new highway. The project is strategic to the emirate of Abu Dhabi as it will link ...  >>MORE

ADNEC to construct bridge to new Marina Zone

Posted on 27/01/2009

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has begun the installation of a new bridge set to connect the exhibition facilities with the new Marina Zone. The installation will be completed in time for IDEX 2009. It is anticipated to play an integral part in the exhibition by providing pedestrian access to the naval displays. According to a press release issued by the ADNEC, the new-162 metre bridge has been constructed from 600 tonnes of steel and 132 glazed panels. It will span all eight ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi pedestrians to get 32 air-conditioned overbridges

Posted on 25/01/2009

Abu Dhabi Municipality will construct 32 state-of-the-art air-conditioned pedestrian over- bridges with escalators all over the city, aiming to reduce the number of accidents involving pedestrians, a senior official told Gulf News. "We have finalised the design. It is a huge project and we have already invited tenders," said Abdullah Al Shamsi, director of Roads and Infrastructure Department of Abu Dhabi Municipality. "I cannot mention a time frame for the completion of the project at this ...  >>MORE

Mohammed Bin Rashid approves the design of the 'Dubai Smile'

Posted on 17/11/2008

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum approved the design of the seventh crossing (Dubai Smile) across Dubai Creek. The project, which has an iconic design at a cost of Dh810m, is located near Dubai Creek Park, Wonderland Park and Dubai Courts at Bur Dubai, and Deira City Centre and Dubai Golf Club at Deira, a statement said. RTA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director Matar Al-Tayer said: 'The seventh Crossing ...  >>MORE

Dh5bn Salam Street project launched

Posted on 13/11/2008

Abu Dhabi Municipality yesterday announced the official launch of the Salam Street development project. Salam, one of the capital's busiest streets, will be upgraded to an urban expressway at a cost of Dh5 billion. It is scheduled to be completed by 2010. This was announced at a press conference by Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi, General Manager of Abu Dhabi Municipality. The project is being developed through the awarding of four contracts to create an urban expressway with a network of roads and ...  >>MORE

RTA promotes walking culture by constructing air-conditioned pedestrian crossings

Posted on 11/11/2008

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) unveiled plans to construct a network of air-conditioned crossings and subways in a bid to promote the culture of short-distant walking and thereby reduce reliance on vehicles. The purpose of constructing air-conditioned crossings and tunnels network is to realize the strategy of the RTA of providing 'safe and smooth transport for all'. 'RTA is seeking to ease short-distance mobility and make walking more attractive to the public in order to promote the ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Municipality signs Dh 313mn contract for Al Ain-Nahel road

Posted on 29/10/2008

Al Ain Municipality signed a Dh 313 million contract with Hill International upgrading Al Ain-Nahel road. Awad Al Darmaki, Director General of the Municipality, said the construction of project would take 18 months. 'It's part of the development plan to make Al Ain a sustainable oasis city,' he added. 'The project was designed to cater for the urban expansion and increase of population on the side of the road,' he explained. Dr. Mattar Al Nuaimi, Executive Director of Infrastructure at the ...  >>MORE

Three giant bridges to service the world's largest man-made island

Posted on 08/10/2008

Dubai's master developer, Nakheel, has revealed that Deira Island Front at the base of Palm Deira will have three 12-lane bridges that will connect the island to mainland Deira. Nakheel also announced yesterday that the construction and infrastructure works for Palm Deira are on schedule. A dedicated state-of-the-art sales centre set for the project will be completed in December and will have a grand opening at the beginning of 2009. The 12-lane bridges will connect Deira Island Front with ...  >>MORE

Massive road plan will ease plight of Abu Dhabi drivers

Posted on 02/10/2008

A senior traffic official has outlined enormous roadworks plans to ease congestion on Abu Dhabi's busy roads. Major road projects, including bridges and subways at interchanges, a highway without traffic lights and bridges linking the Mina Zayed area with Mushairib island and Saadiyat island with Hazza Bin Zayed Street and the Eastern Ring Road, will ease congestion, according to the traffic official. "The solutions to the congestion problem also include the introduction of mass transport ...  >>MORE

AD Municipality undertakes Dh 185 mn road projects at Khalifa City

Posted on 23/09/2008

Abu Dhabi Municipality has completed a fully-serviced 51 km long network of internal road at the Khalifa City (A) at a total cost of Dh 185 million, a senior municipal official has announced. 'The project whose work commenced in 2006 and took 770 days to complete will cater for the exponential urban expansion of the Khalifa City (A) as part of the construction boom being witnessed by the emirate of Abu Dhabi under the master development plan,' according to Juma Al Junaibi, Director of Abu ...  >>MORE

Mohamed Bin Rashid approves awarding Dh 1b contract of bridges leading to Meydan project

Posted on 14/09/2008

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai yesterday endorsed awarding a contract of constructing crossings '&' roads leading to Meydan project in the area of Nad El-Sheba in Dubai. The project spans Muscat Road, Dubai-Al Ain Road, Ras Al Khor Road and extension of Al Manama Road at a cost in excess of one billion dirham. Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Roads '&' Transport Authority Mattar Al-Tayer stated that ...  >>MORE

First footbridge for Dubai Metro installed

Posted on 10/08/2008

The Roads and Transport Authority has installed the first footbridge for Dubai Metro station users near Jebel Ali Industrial area on Sheikh Zayed Road. "A total of 20 footbridges will be installed at metro stations to help people cross the busiest highway in the emirate to ride the metro," said Adnan Al Hammadi, director of construction at the RTA's Rail Agency. He said one bridge will be installed every week on Sheikh Zayed Road. He explained that each of the 47 metro stations will have ...  >>MORE

Palm Jebel Ali bridge to 'float' above water

Posted on 03/08/2008

The final design and structural design for the iconic bridge to The Palm Jebel Ali has been handed over to Nakheel by the architects Royal Haskoning. Speaking exclusively to Emirates Business yesterday, Syb van Breda, the firm's director of architecture, said: "We have delivered the final design and structural design to Nakheel. The requirement was to design a truly iconic bridge – something the world hasn't seen before." The project involves creating an eight-lane motorway connecting Dubai's ...  >>MORE

Saadiyat Bridge nears completion

Posted on 30/07/2008

The landmark 10-lane Saadiyat Bridge that will link the capital with nearby Saadiyat Island is now more than two-thirds complete. Fifty structural support piers are in place – a striking demonstration of the progress made on the crossing which is due for completion in the third quarter of next year. The bridge has been commissioned by Tourism Development and Investment Company, which is transforming Saadiyat Island into an international leisure, residential and cultural destination. – Emirates ...  >>MORE

Road works progressing on schedule

Posted on 28/07/2008

The bridge outbound from the first interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road towards Burj Dubai area [Dubai Mall] will be opened in September, according to Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman and Executive Director of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). He also announced that 70 per cent of construction work on the upper deck of the Financial Centre Road, which is the first double deck road in the region, have been completed. Al Tayer also revealed the completion of 40 per cent of construction work on the ...  >>MORE

New bridge to help solve traffic problems

Posted on 23/07/2008

In what is being dubbed a radical solution to the traffic congestion caused by the inbound and outbound cars, work has begun on construction of the Dh901-million Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi. The mega project would be completed by the end of next year, Dr. Joa'an bin Salem Al Dhahiri, head of the Municipal Affairs Department in the Abu Dhabi Municipality, said. Once completed, the 40-metre high bridge that would allow ships to pass underneath it, would be the third strategic crossing for ...  >>MORE

Arabian Ranches Interchange on the anvil

Posted on 22/07/2008

The Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Mattar Al Tayer has announced that the Arabian Ranches Interchange will be opened for traffic in all directions in the middle of coming August. The Project, which costs around 409 million dirham, consists of 11 bridges extending about 2.5 kilometres, in addition to 1 underpass. Tayer, who made a tour of several road projects, accompanied by the Acting CEO of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency, Nabeel ...  >>MORE

The 3km tunnel to capital

Posted on 20/07/2008

Bulldozers backed by giant cranes and noisy drillers have started to rumble in the eastern coastal flank of the capital to begin what could be the Middle East's longest road tunnel that will run three kilometres under the city. Abu Dhabi Traffic Police and the municipality have joined hands in the construction of a spider web-like diversion route system at the entrance of the capital to pave the way for three years of construction work that also involves a 500m flyover linking the city to ...  >>MORE

VP endorses awarding the contract of phase V of Parallel Roads Project at cost Dh1.7billion

Posted on 29/06/2008

Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has endorsed awarding of the fifth contract of Parallel Roads Project (parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road) at a cost over Dh1.7billion. This Phase is the most expensive phase in the Parallel Roads Project, which includes 10 phases. So far, five contracts have been awarded and four are under construction. Thus, the total value of contracts, which have been awarded in Parallel Roads Project, ...  >>MORE

RTA to finish Dh5bn projects by end of year

Posted on 16/06/2008

More than Dh5 billion worth of roads and bridges projects will be completed by the end of this year, according to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). These projects include the Arabian Ranches Interchange, Phases Three (A and B) of Ras Al Khor Project, the upper deck of the Finance Centre Road, Dubai Bypass Road, Al Nahda Bridge and Wafi Centre. It also includes Phase One and Two of widening of Al Ittihad Project, Jumeirah Lakes Interchange, and landscaping of Zaabeel, Jumeirah and others. ...  >>MORE

Mammut to build 12 footbridges

Posted on 20/05/2008

Mammut Buildings Systems has been awarded a contract to build 12 footbridges over Sheikh Zayed Road by Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). A total of 36 bridges are to be built to enable pedestrians to access Metro stations from the opposite side of the road, with the construction work being shared by three companies. Mammut, which supplies pre-engineered steel buildings, is a subsidiary of Emaar Industries and Investments and has a production facility at Sharjah's Hamriya Free Zone. ...  >>MORE

RTA to paint tunnel walls with heritage designs

Posted on 18/05/2008

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has said that the walls of the tunnels under construction in the emirate would have designs depicting the UAE's heritage. The designs approved include prominent icons of the UAE heritage ‘Barajeel and Falcon' drawn in a creative and stylish manner, with Arabic calligraphy in the background. This was decided at a recent meeting which was chaired by Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA. He revealed that the Falcon ...  >>MORE

Saadiyat Bridge: Emerging UAE capital landmark

Posted on 21/04/2008

The 10-lane Saadiyat Bridge which will link Abu Dhabi city with Saadiyat Island, which lies 500 metres offshore the UAE capital ? is now 60% complete and is fast emerging as a major landmark in the emirate. The bridge - one of the largest infrastructure projects currently under way in Abu Dhabi emirate - is being built by an ED Zublin AG/Saif Bin Darwish joint venture on behalf of Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Abu Dhabi's leading tourism asset development and the name behind ...  >>MORE

Dh20bn road projects under way in capital

Posted on 02/04/2008

Road projects worth Dh20 billion are under way in Abu Dhabi, marking a significant upgrade to the emirate's infrastructure to keep ahead of the rapid growth in population, said the director-general of Abu Dhabi Municipality. Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi told Emirates Business the new projects are focused on facilitating traffic flow on main arteries into and out of the capital, such as Al Salam Street and Airport Road. The largest single project in terms of cost will transform Al Salam Street. The ...  >>MORE

Maktoum opens Al Garhoud Bridge

Posted on 16/03/2008

Deputy Dubai Ruler HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated Al Garhoud Bridge at Dubai Creek, after completion of construction of its 14 lanes in both directions. At arrival to the ceremony scene, Sheikh Maktoum pressed the start button of the construction works of the new crossing ordered by Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The new huge Dh3 billion crossing will bear the name of the late Sheikh ...  >>MORE

New Al Garhoud bridge ready to open within days

Posted on 09/03/2008

The new Al Garhoud Bridge is set to open this week ensuring smooth traffic flow between Deira and Bur Dubai, Gulf News has learnt. "The bridge is ready to be opened within days and we are just giving final touches," said an official at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). He said access from Al Rebat Road, which was closed last month, will also be opened. "Traffic congestion on roads leading to the bridge will be a thing of the past once it fully opens." The bridge was partially opened ...  >>MORE

Dh84m scheme to beautify Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai starts

Posted on 20/02/2008

The Roads and Transport Authority has announced work will start on the Dh84m project for the beautification of Sheikh Zayed Road as part of its master plan for greener and more beautiful roads. "The project is aimed at expanding greenery in the emirate and giving a new look to roads," said Nabeel Mohammad Saleh, Director of the RTA's Roads Department. – Gulf News ...  >>MORE

UAE-Qatar causeway to cost US$13b

Posted on 14/02/2008

The proposed causeway linking Abu Dhabi with Doha in Qatar may cost about US$13 billion, London-based MEED magazine reported, citing a consultant that could be involved in the project. Mohammad Ali, regional adviser with Denmark's Cow, said the latest design envisages linking the two cities via a 65 kilometre bridge across the Gulf, MEED said. Cowi is likely to be involved in the project as a consultant. It is already involved in a project to build a causeway between Qatar and Bahrain, the MEED ...  >>MORE

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Saadiyat bridge will capture the heart of Abu Dhabi


New tunnel, bridge to help ease traffic in Sharjah


After Salam Street disruptions, big plans feature tiny footprints


Left lane of Mina Road in Abu Dhabi to be closed 2 months


Elevators for overhead bridges in Abu Dhabi


RTA to upgrade Al Khail road


RTA endorses construction of Mirdiff City Centre-bound bridges costing Dh184m


Dubai road projects will meet population expansion


First lane opens on capital bridge


ADM to introduce a new alternative route to Abu Dhabi Mall


Upper deck of Financial Center road nearing completion


Key highway project right on track


RTA to finish 11 projects worth Dh3.8bn in H1


Bid to expand Al Mafraq-Al Ghoueifat road floated


ADNEC to construct bridge to new Marina Zone


Abu Dhabi pedestrians to get 32 air-conditioned overbridges


Mohammed Bin Rashid approves the design of the 'Dubai Smile'


Dh5bn Salam Street project launched


RTA promotes walking culture by constructing air-conditioned pedestrian crossings


Al Ain Municipality signs Dh 313mn contract for Al Ain-Nahel road


Three giant bridges to service the world's largest man-made island


Massive road plan will ease plight of Abu Dhabi drivers


AD Municipality undertakes Dh 185 mn road projects at Khalifa City


Mohamed Bin Rashid approves awarding Dh 1b contract of bridges leading to Meydan project


First footbridge for Dubai Metro installed


Palm Jebel Ali bridge to 'float' above water


Saadiyat Bridge nears completion


Road works progressing on schedule


New bridge to help solve traffic problems


Arabian Ranches Interchange on the anvil


The 3km tunnel to capital


VP endorses awarding the contract of phase V of Parallel Roads Project at cost Dh1.7billion


RTA to finish Dh5bn projects by end of year


Mammut to build 12 footbridges


RTA to paint tunnel walls with heritage designs


Saadiyat Bridge: Emerging UAE capital landmark


Dh20bn road projects under way in capital


Maktoum opens Al Garhoud Bridge


New Al Garhoud bridge ready to open within days


Dh84m scheme to beautify Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai starts


UAE-Qatar causeway to cost US$13b