By Sarah Townsend
Bridges form part of the under-development Al Maryah Island mixed use scheme
The real estate arm of UAE sovereign wealth fund Mubadala has announced the opening of two new bridges linking Abu Dhabi mainland with Al Maryah Island.
Mubadala Real Estate and Infrastructure is the master developer of Al Maryah Island, a new island residential and mixed use community in Abu Dhabi.
One of the new bridges that opened today links Al Maryah Island with Hamdan bin Mohammed Street on Abu Dhabi Island to the west, and the other is connected to Al Reem Island in the east, according to state news agency WAM.
The developments add to the four existing bridges located in the southern half of the island, it added.
WAM also announced that the next phase of construction of Al Maryah Island’s waterfront promenade is scheduled to begin by the third quarter of 2016.
The promenade will stretch from the soon-to-be opened Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Once the extension is complete, it will encircle the entire southern half of the island, adding a further two kilometres walkway. Under current plans the promenade will eventually cover the entire perimeter of island, stretching over five kilometres.
Completion of the Al Maryah Central shopping centre – also part of the scheme – is scheduled for early 2018. It will comprise 2.3 million sq ft of retail space.
Ali Eid Al Mheiri, executive director of Mubadala Real Estate and Infrastructure, said: “The bridges form a central part of Al Maryah Island’s sustainable transport network, which complements Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision.
“We look forward to seeing residents, workers and tourists benefit from the island’s improved connectivity, which will help cement its position as the premier business and lifestyle destination in the capital.”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.