By Shoshana Kedem
New system will drain districts around Al Maktoum Airport and Expo 2020
Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan signed off on a $354m (AED1.3bn) contract for a rain and groundwater drainage system for districts around the Al Maktoum International Airport, Expo Dubai 2020 and nearby urban centres, state news agency WAM reported.
The system will cover a total area of 400 square kilometres, with the capacity to treat 6.5 million cubic metres of water per minute, WAM said.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, said the project will give Dubai the infrastructure of a modern, metropolitan city.
''The project will have a second phase, which will bring the total cost to AED 2.5 billion. It entails a deep tunnel network for the collection and disposal of rain and groundwater and represents a long-term solution that will be sufficient for the next 100 years,” said Lootah.For all the latest construction news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.