Billion-dollar road project up for bids

Abu Dhabi Municipality has invited bids for the first and third phases of the multi-billion-dollar development of the Al Mafraq to Al Quefat Road.
Billion-dollar road project up for bids
By Jamie Stewart
Sat 30 Aug 2008 04:00 AM

Abu Dhabi Municipality has invited bids for the first and third phases of the multi-billion-dollar development of the Al Mafraq to Al Quefat Road.

The last date for purchasing tender documents is September 18. Bids must be submitted by 10am on September 22.

The project has been split into four phases because of the large scope of the work.

"The project will connect Al Mafraq in Abu Dhabi city and Al Quefat, at the border of Abu Dhabi Emirate," said Abdullah Al Shamsi of the Abu Dhabi Municipality Roads Administration.

"The work will include road construction and widening, bridge construction and the construction of some service tunnels." He also said work on both phases will begin in November.

The project is expected to last three years.

The first phase will cover the Qumifat to Al Baraka section, with the third phase covering Ruwais to Abu Al Abyad.

Abu Dhabi-based Saif Bin Darwish is among firms that have submitted bids for both phases, said estimation manager Karunakar Shetty.

"To indicate the scale of the project the value of the first phase is in the region of US $817 million (AED3 billion)," said Shetty.

"The remaining phases are around four times as long, so in total we are looking at a project value of over $2.7 billion."

Shetty said the first phase will include the redirecting of the existing road, and the remaining phases include road widening from the existing two-lane dual carriageway to a new four-lane dual carriageway.

Abu Dhabi Municipality has embarked on a substantial modernisation of the city's transport network in line with its plan 2030, released by the Urban Planning Council last September.

The blueprint for future urban development predicts the population of the UAE capital to triple from the current one million to more than three million by 2030.

Saif Bin Darwish began work last month with South Korea-based Samsung Engineering on the 3km Al Salam Tunnel, set to be the longest road tunnel in the Middle East.

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