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Galadari to build monorail in new city

Machinery dealer and contractor Galadari Group has signed an agreement with the Swiss Metrail monorail system to serve the mass transit needs of the City of Arabia project.

Machinery dealer and contractor Galadari Group has signed an agreement with the Swiss Metrail monorail system to serve the mass transit needs of the City of Arabia project.

City of Arabia is a US$5billion retail, residential, commercial and entertainment project. A self-contained 20million sq ft community designed to minimise the use of cars, the development will be served by its own monorail system which will transport residents and visitors to and from a designated Dubai Metro station and around the site.

Huge numbers of machines are currently being tracked in to build the city and the monorail. In addition, the adjacent Dubai Land theme park development will tie up cranes, graders and skid-steers for at least another five years. The monorail system should be relatively straightforward to construct, though.

"From the outset, we looked for a monorail system that would complement our aggressive build programme," said Mustafa Galadari, MD, Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group. "The Metrail system requires no electrical infrastructure."

He added; "We also specified low operation costs and [this system] guarantees that."

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