By Andy Sambidge
US-based firm says it has been appointed by Dubai's transport authority to work on $545m mega project
US-based Parsons has announced that it has been selected by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to perform infrastructure design services for the Dubai Water Canal Project.
Planned to be a major tourist destination, the Dubai Water Canal will include a new shopping centre, hotels, and restaurants, in addition to luxury housing and cycling paths.
It is expected to provide new areas for public places and facilities, as well as private marinas for boats and a new trade center at the canal’s entrance.
“Parsons has been working with RTA for many years, and we look forward to continuing to be RTA’s partner of choice for this landmark project,” said Hamed Zaghw, president of Parsons International Limited.
A Parsons joint venture was selected by RTA to perform construction supervision services for the Dubai Water Canal Project earlier this year. Once completed, the project will add 6km to the Dubai waterfront.
Last month, the RTA said it has started work on the initial phase of the major traffic diversions on Sheikh Zayed Road for the construction of the $545 million Dubai Canal project.
The Roads and Transport Authority said that the first diversion in place is in the Dubai - Abu Dhabi direction near Safa Park.
The diversion, which is set to be completed by the end of next October, stretches for 1km and keeps the same number of the existing lanes to avoid any negative repercussions on the traffic flow throughout the project construction period.
Construction of the Dubai Water Canal project will be split in three contracts - the first comprising the construction of bridges across the Water Canal on the Sheikh Zayed Road consisting of eight lanes in each direction.
The second contract includes the construction of bridges across the Water Canal on the Jumeirah and Al Wasl Roads spanning three lanes on the Jumeirah Road and two lanes on Al Wasl Road in each direction, in addition to a flyover from Al Wasl Road to Al Hadiqa Road in the direction of the Sheikh Zayed Road.
The third contract encompasses the drilling of a 3.2km-long canal, landfilling works of the island, constructing sea wall around the island to prepare the sand beach, building marina for boats and the water bus, and constructing three pedestrian bridges above the canal to link the Jumeirah Beach Walk with Safa Park Walk.
Parsons has been working in the Middle East and Africa region for more than 60 years and has offices in the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain.
Parsons’ portfolio of ongoing projects in the region includes major highways, bridges, rail and transit, airports, ports, water infrastructure, plus hospitals, public schools, universities, mosques, and other public buildings.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.