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Dubai's $680m deep tunnel project to be ready for Expo 2020

Tunnel project, which will drain rainwater in the Airport City and Expo 2020 areas, is now 65% complete

Dubai's $680m deep tunnel project to be ready for Expo 2020
The project has so far seen a total of four million man hours, using two giant drilling machines, which are the largest in the Middle East region.

Dubai’s Deep Tunnel Project which will drain rainwater in the Airport City and Expo 2020 areas will be ready by September next year, a month before the Expo 2020 kicks off.

Dawoud Al Hajri, director general of Dubai Municipality, on Tuesday inspected the AED2.5 billion ($680 million) project, which is 65 percent complete.

“The first of its kind project in the Middle East and one of the most prominent specialised tunnels in the world... is the latest infrastructure development in the emirate using the best technology, through which Dubai is going to be one of the most important investment destinations in the world,” said Al Hajri.

He added that the project has so far seen a total of four million man hours, using two giant drilling machines, which are the largest in the Middle East region.

Al Hajri added that the project will have a major impact in developing the infrastructure for rainwater or groundwater drainage for the Al Maktoum City area in general and the Expo area and the Airport City in particular and will remain in service for a century.

Fahd Al Awadhi, director of drainage projects department at Dubai Municipality, said the project has a length of over 10km, which serves an area of 490km including the Expo area, making it the largest in the Middle East and the Arab world.

He said the first tunnel has reached about 4.5km so far while a second phase will include the construction of the main pumping station in a parallel system.

The three final foundation stages will see the use of about 55,000 cement pieces in the tunnel, each weighing 2 tons, along with the installation of 4,400 huge metal rings, ensuring the strength of the tunnel, he added.

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