Dubai approves $354m Expo 2020 contracts

New system will drain districts around Al Maktoum Airport and Expo 2020
Dubai approves $354m Expo 2020 contracts
By Shoshana Kedem
Sun 17 Sep 2017 10:08 AM

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.

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