In pictures: Jebel Jais Mountain Road development
Check out construction activities at Jebel Jais Mountain Road, a 40km highway development that will stretch to the summit of the UAE’s highest mountain
Scheduled to complete in September 2019, Jebel Jais Mountain Road will stretch 40km from the base to the summit of the UAE’s highest mountain. The road is being constructed by main contractor, General Mechanic Company (GMC), on behalf of Ras Al Khaimah’s Public Works and Services Department (PWSD). Although GMC has used multiple machinery brands during the course of the Jebel Jais Mountain Road project, Volvo units comprise the lion’s share of its mechanised workhorses. The manufacturer’s official UAE distributor, FAMCO, supplied a total of 50 Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) units and 33 Volvo Trucks for the road build. The Volvo CE units utilised include crawler excavators, soil compactors, articulated haulers, wheel loaders, and breakers. A fleet of Volvo FMX tippers has facilitated the transportation of materials at the project. [Representational image] GMC is now nearing the end of Jebel Jais Mountain Road’s Phase 2, which is scheduled to complete by 1 July, 2017. The contractor expects the contract for Phase 3, the project’s final stage, to be awarded within the next four months. Ras Al Khaimah’s PWSD has invested approximately $81.7m (AED300m) into the project to date, according to GMC. To read the in-depth site visit, which includes perspectives from GMC, FAMCO, Volvo CE, and Volvo Trucks, check out issue 623 of Construction Week.