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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ROADS, TUNNELS AND BRIDGES

Construction disrupts life in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 04/05/2003

Getting to and from his home is a major battle for Wael Saadi, who has to jump over a metre-wide ditch carrying his three-year-old child. The hole has been dug near their small building for repair and maintenance of power and water cables, and is just one of many ditches, tunnels, drilling, carvings and road diversions that have become a hallmark of Abu Dhabi city. Officials say the projects involve construction of new buildings, expansion and maintenance of old buildings, new car parks, street ...  >>MORE

Sharq Road widening in full swing

Posted on 20/04/2003

The increasing risk of accidents on Al Sharq Road - an extension of busy Al Arouba Street - has prompted the authorities to set up traffic signals on it. Construction started last week, but officials were not available for further details on the major changes the road is undergoing. However, Gulf News learnt from workers at the construction site as well as residents that the road will undergo expansion. The road will have three lanes in each direction. The existing two lanes in both ...  >>MORE

Northern road network to be expanded

Posted on 02/04/2003

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing plans to develop the road network in the Northern Emirates. At a press conference yesterday, Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Communications and Acting Minister for Public Works and Housing, said the ministry is going ahead with expanding and maintaining the road network in the Northern Emirates. As part of the plan, the ministry will construct or repair several roads in the Northern Emirates. These includes the Umm al-Qaiwain-Falaj Al Mulla-Al ...  >>MORE

Work begins on Dubai airport tunnel road

Posted on 01/04/2003

Dubai Municipality yesterday began work on one of the longest and widest tunnels in the Middle East as part of a new Dh686 million road network around Dubai International Airport. It will handle the traffic expected to result from the massive airport expansion. The project forms part of Dubai Municipality's plans to improve traffic in the city, which is emerging as the region's air travel hub. Qassim Sultan, Director General of Dubai municipality, said a 1.5km tunnel, longer than the Al ...  >>MORE

Road site service line diversion 80pc done

Posted on 24/03/2003

Dubai Municipality has completed 80 per cent of the diversion of service lines which pass through the Dubai Airport Roads project site. Engineer Khalid Mohammed Al Marri, Head of the Roads Construction Section at the Roads Department, said most of the service lines such as electricity, water, telephone, drainage, storm-water lines and aviation fuel lines, have now been diverted. They are located between the Airport-Marakish street intersection and Terminal I of Dubai Airport. This will ...  >>MORE

Dh630m road project won by Swiss firm

Posted on 23/03/2003

Swiss company, Archirodon Construction, has won the approximately Dh630 million contract for the last phase of the Abu Dhabi Third Crossing project. The Abu Dhabi Public Works Department (PWD) has awarded the contract to the Geneva-based international construction group after considerable delay, with phase one and two of the project already underway. "Archirodon has been selected after stringent evaluation which may have caused some delay," a senior official of Abu Dhabi's PWD told Gulf News. ...  >>MORE

Dubai unveils new ring road plan

Posted on 09/03/2003

Another new ring road in Dubai parallel to the existing one, which will connect Dubai to Abu Dhabi, and Dubai to the Northern Emirates and Fujairah, is expected to be constructed soon by Dubai Municipality, said Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality. He made the announcement yesterday at the opening ceremony of the second phase of the Dh51.6 million Dubai Bypass Road. The 13.5km road, which links ...  >>MORE

New interchange on Zayed Road

Posted on 26/02/2003

A new interchange will be constructed by Dubai Municipality to connect Sheikh Zayed Road with the back road. Khalid Khalifa Al Marri, Head of Roads Construction Section at the Roads Department, said the municipality is finalising the design, which will be shaped like a diamond, enhance connectivity and ease travel between Sheikh Zayed Road and the back road. The project consists of the construction of interchange No. 2 1/2 along Sheikh Zayed Road. The new interchange will have signals and ...  >>MORE

New highway to link Sharjah, Ajman, RAK

Posted on 19/02/2003

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing is finishing plans for a new highway connecting Sharjah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah. Construction will start in April, according to a top official. The project will be completed in three phases, the first of which will cover 27 kilometres, the stretch from the industrial area in Sharjah to Ajman to the northeast. It will connect Sharjah to Ras Al Khaimah Road, 10km from the Umm Al Qaiwain interchange. Five interchanges will be built on this highway. As ...  >>MORE

Sultan opens Kalba tunnel – longest mountain pass in the Middle East

Posted on 17/02/2003

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, yesterday inaugurated the Kalba-Wadi Al Helou tunnel - the longest mountain pass in the Middle East. Running through the highest mountain in Kalba, the 1,280-metre tunnel will be open to vehicles by the end of this month. Dr Sheikh Sultan also ordered building another 1,250 metre-tunnel parallel to the one in Kalba, to ease the heavy traffic on Sharjah-Kalba highway and to facilitate the traffic ...  >>MORE

Longest footbridge between two buildings to be built

Posted on 08/02/2003

Union Properties (UP) yesterday said that a Skywalk Bridge that will be built between two Marriott Executive Apartments building in Dubai will be the longest footbridge between two buildings in the world. The footbridge that will link the buildings at the nineteenth floors will be 73 metres long. The company said that the completion of the bridge, which is due shortly, will not only make it a landmark for Dubai, but will give credence to the 37 companies that have been involved from start ...  >>MORE

New Ajman flyover opens

Posted on 28/01/2003

The new Dh25 million flyover in Ajman's Al Hamidiya area which connects Sharjah and Ajman with Umm al-Qaiwain and Ras Al Khaimah was opened to traffic on Sunday. Officials from Ajman Traffic Department and Municipality attended the inauguration. The project was carried out by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing. It was conceived following a recommendation made by Ajman Municipality on the need to ease chronic traffic congestion on all the roads feeding into the busy Al Hamidiya ...  >>MORE

Tunnel network to cope with airport expansion

Posted on 09/12/2002

One of the longest and widest tunnels in the Middle East will be constructed around Dubai International Airport as part of Dubai Municipality's plan to boost its status as the region's air travel hub, said a top official. Engineer Matter Mohammed Al Tayer, Assistant Director General of Roads and General Projects Affairs of the Dubai Municipality, said a 1.5-km tunnel, longer than the Al Shindagha Tunnel, will run beneath Dubai International Airport. The number of people using the airport ...  >>MORE

Ministry plans to build two new highways

Posted on 15/10/2002

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing (MPWH) will construct two new highways linking Dubai with Fujairah and Sharjah with Ras AI Khaimah. Both the projects will be implemented within 18 months starting from the beginning of next year, Ali Rashed Lootah, Assistant Under-Secretary for Public Works, said. Speaking at a Press conference yesterday, Lootah announced the end of the first phase of both the projects which involved completing the designs. Tenders for both the projects will be ...  >>MORE

Dh160m road project to begin soon

Posted on 07/09/2002

Dubai Municipality will start work on one of its biggest road infrastructure projects by end of this month. The Dh160-million project to reinforce the road network around Dubai International Airport and ensure smooth flow of traffic in view of the major expansion work going on at the airport, is expected to be complete within 22 months, said Khalid Al Marry, head of the Roads Construction section of the Dubai Municipality. The works form part of the three major road projects being ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to fence major roads

Posted on 10/08/2002

A plan is underway to fence all the major roads and streets in the capital to prevent pedestrians crossing them at other than designated places, said a senior Abu Dhabi Traffic Police official. According to Lieutenant Colonel Ghaith Hassan Al Za'abi, Director of Abu Dhabi Traffic and Licensing Department, the plan was initiated after carrying out a comprehensive survey to find black spots on the capital's roads. "The plan also includes improving all the existing zebra crossings with the ...  >>MORE

Closed circuits to monitor Abu Dhabi roads

Posted on 09/08/2002

Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department has completed the installation of closed circuits and upgrading of standby power feeding systems of the traffic lights in the Capital' s road network. The move is part of the Department's plan to monitor and ensure smooth flow of traffic as well as reduce traffic jam at peak hours and check violators . " The installation of these systems comes in implementation of the directives of both President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and H.H ...  >>MORE

Long-term plan to ease traffic flow

Posted on 08/07/2002

Dubai Municipality has a long-term plan to improve the flow of traffic in the emirate. At a total cost of Dh160 million, the Municipality has four main road projects in different areas of the emirate. Khalid Khalifa Al Marri told Gulf News yesterday the Municipality is now constructing the second phase of the Bypass Road at a total cost of Dh51 million. The work includes paving, lighting by an 11 kv overhead line system, safety fence at the median, gates and two reinforced concrete camel ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi re-opens key link road

Posted on 01/07/2002

Abu Dhabi has re-opened a key road that links the emirate with the highways leading to Dubai and Al Ain. This is part of a project to expand and build roads, flyovers and tunnels, officials said yesterday. The Umm Al Thomam crossroads (formerly Umm al-Nar roundabout) was re-opened following the completion of a flyover that leads to Al Ain and to Shahama on the way to Dubai, where traffic had been diverted since November 2000. The project, costing around Dh150 million (US$41 million) was ...  >>MORE

Dh110m interchange project cleared

Posted on 26/06/2002

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, has approved a Dh110 million project for replacing the Interchange Number 4 on Sheikh Zayed Road. Works on the project are expected to begin by mid-July and will take 16 months to complete. The project comprises the construction of an interchange at the junction between Sheikh Zayed Road and Road D63. The interchange will consist of two curls and two ...  >>MORE

Highway to connect Sharjah, Ajman, RAK

Posted on 17/03/2002

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing is finishing plans for a new Dh300 million highway connecting Sharjah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah. The new road will be parallel to the old one, and is expected to reduce pressure on the old one, according to Ibrahim Al Wahabi, Acting Director of Road Projects. "The project will be completed in two phases, the first of which will cover 27km, the stretch from the industrial area in Sharjah to Ajman to the north east. It will connect Sharjah-Ras Al Khaimah ...  >>MORE

Four-lane Ajman flyover to be completed in July

Posted on 28/02/2002

A four-lane flyover is being built over the busy Al Hamidiyah Roundabout in Ajman, to help ease traffic movement. An official at Ajman Municipality said the flyover, which will be completed in July, will provide uninterrupted progress for vehicles coming from Sharjah to Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah, or in the reverse direction. The project is being carried out by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, because this is a federal route connecting Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al ...  >>MORE

Municipality finalises Dh103m plan to build 52-km of roads

Posted on 16/12/2001

Dubai Municipality has finalised its study into constructing 52 km of roads at a cost of Dh103 million as part of the Academic Village project, a UAE daily paper reported. Engineer Nasser Ahmed Saeed, Director of the Roads Department at the Municipality, told Gulf News yesterday that work will start in February next year and is expected to be finished by June. All colleges and universities in Dubai are going to be located together in this village, located between Al Aweer Road and Al Ain Road ...  >>MORE

Move to ease traffic jams in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 09/12/2001

A road to relieve heavy vehicle traffic will be built from Khaleej Al Arabi Street to Mena Zayed Road in the second phase of the Abu Dhabi Corniche project. There will also be a number of underpasses connecting key locations in Abu Dhabi to the New Corniche, said Al Asema, Abu Dhabi Municipality's newsletter. His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, recently reviewed the progress of the Corniche project ...  >>MORE

Sky-bridge to link ETISALAT buildings

Posted on 26/09/2001

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, ETISALAT, will add another attractive piece of architecture to the skyline of the capital, in the form of a sky-bridge to link its two head office buildings. The air-conditioned sky-bridge, which will be constructed in less than a year from now, is estimated to cost Dh3.2 million. "Using a bow-shaped suspension system, the bridge will form a 74-metre long link at the fifth floor level for the two office towers, about 35 metres above the ground ...  >>MORE

Work under way on Dh90m Abu Dhabi subway plan

Posted on 07/05/2001

A multi-million-dirham project to build 15 subways at different locations on main roads in Abu Dhabi has got under way. The project is part of a Dh90 million master plan to construct 22 subways being carried out by the Abu Dhabi Municipality. Seven subways have already been completed. The project is being implemented in line with the government's general policy to provide all facilities that would ensure a prosperous life for all social segments. The project is expected to be completed in ...  >>MORE

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