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Queen Elizabeth opens billion dirham bridge

Sheikh Khalifa, president of UAE, and Queen Elizabeth II opened the bridge on Thursday with a spectacular light display

Queen Elizabeth opens billion dirham bridge
BRIDGE OPENING: HH Sheikh Khalifa and Queen Elizabeth officially opened the Sheikh Zayed Bridge on Thursday

Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi’s billion dirham gateway, was officially opened on Thursday afternoon in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, president of the UAE and emir of Abu Dhabi.

The bridge, which was nominated for infrastructure project of the year at this week’s Construction Week awards and given special mention by local media personality Tom Urquhart, presenting, was officially opened at 4pm with a spectacular light display.

“The bridge will be opened today at 4pm in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Highness Sheikh Khalifa,” confirmed bridge builder Six Construct’s general manager, Philippe Dessoy. “A full demonstration of the dynamic feature lighting shall take place this evening and on Friday night.”

In sharp contradiction with standard engineering principles, the bridge was one of the most difficult structures to build in the world.

Uniquely designed by female architect Zaha Hadid, the bridge was intended to be an iconic ‘landmark’ as well as a piece of infrastructure, and one which would reduce traffic congestion into Abu Dhabi city by 15 minutes in line with the emirate’s 2030 economic vision.

Among its most iconic features are the “sand dune”-shaped arches, meant to represent the desert dune hills of the Middle East, as well as the unique, colour-changing feature lighting supplied by Danway.

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John Churchilly 8 years ago

The visit of Her Highness Queen Elizabeth II to the Arabian Gulf State has been an honor to the Arabs and the region. Arabs are fed up from the shortsighted and shortcomings of the US corrupted policies in the area. The so called liberation of Iraq-Mesopotamia ended in destroying the archives of six thousand years of that helpless country. The only country that can help in healing Iraq is Briton because of the mutual understanding that was built through the years. Mesopotamia and all Arabs need the UK as control system and pacemaker for their future. All Arabs are demanding to preserve monarchies and liquidate the other methods of governing. The monarchy system proved to be the best method of life for Arabs and the world. On the other side Briton should understand the respect that Arabs have to their system and stop involvement in stupid adventures like the invasion of Iraq. The world is facing disaster after disaster since the premature liquidation of the British Empire by the Zionist

RBH 8 years ago

Mark my words as this bridge will be the landmark of Abu Dhabi and I believe that Zaha Hadid (the world's most respectable Arab-British Deconstructivist architect) did a perfect job on this remarkable work of architecture. Zaha Hadid Architects must be involved a lot in the developing of a more beautiful and contemporary UAE metroscape. Their clever use of curvilinear gestures in architecture make their work standout more than any others.

Simple Tom 8 years ago

I agree with the above statement!