By Amy Glass
Images of Dubai arch bridge published, with construction to begin.
New York architecture firm Fxfowle has released stunning design images of Dubai’s new $816.9 million bridge, which on completion will become the world's longest arch bridge.
Fxfowle’s design proposal was selected from four submissions from global design companies, and was inspired by ‘the rhythmic grace of Dubai Creek’s current, the elegant splendor of the sand dunes adjacent to the city, the lighting patterns of the lunar cycle and the design of the future Opera House’, the firm told London-based design news website World Architecture News.
The series of four images were released earlier this month, and include dramatic aerial night and day depictions of the completed arch bridge.
Construction is set to begin on the bridge next month and is expected to take four years. At 64 metres wide, the bridge will accommodate 12 lanes of traffic and a metro line running down its centre.
On completion the mega-bridge, which will measure 1,600 metres with an arch 205 metres high and 667 metres long, will overtake the Lupu Bridge in Shanghai as the longest in the world.
The bridge connects the Bur Dubai and Deira areas of the city and will be the sixth creek crossing. Currently the five Dubai Creek crossings are Al Shindagha Tunnel, Al Maktoum Bridge, the Floating Bridge, Al Garhoud Bridge and Business Bay Crossing.
The bridge will also include a metro station, an abra station and the manmade island on which an Opera theatre will be constructed.
Last month Mattar Al Tayer, executive director of the RTA, said the sixth crossing was one of the biggest projects ever undertaken by the RTA.
The RTA is currently investing around $22 billion in Dubai's transport infrastructure as it looks to reduce congestion.
Bridge looks beautiful. Where do the flamingos go? From the beginning it is absolutely essential that the environment is protected and catered for. This includes the water and sandy creek bottom which must be protected from the fallout of the construction of the little islands.
These days there is so much construction going that hardly anyone from the authority is paying attention to the damaged caused to the environment and nature. I with my friends had been fishing (with rod & hook) at various sites and we hardly see those fishes which we used to catch. Where have those fish gone. Nobody can go against nature, because one day when it's too much it will take its toll. So please think before you build.
Definitely, the Dubai Government must have conducted the necessary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on this Project so as to assess the feasibility and viability of undertaking a project of this magnitude with minimal impact on the environment so that the flora and fauna including the eco-system and the marine life in the lake are protected. No sensible Engineer will undertake a project of this magnitude without conducting these studies. I believe that the report on the EIA will be available for public scrutiny. Whilst congratulating those concerned leaders for undertaking this gigantic task to accomplish the fruition of an unique concept, I wish that these developments built by the people for the same people will be protected, very well maintained and made available for the future generation of the same people. This should be the humble wish by all and sundry.
I mean Dubai whooooa it's tremendous, expect the unexpected in DUBAI !!
Not a long ago, GUST Logistics Forum (www.gust.edu.kw/glf) hosted a seminar that translated imagination, dreams and visions into reality of viable transport infrastructure. A scuba diver by outlook and engineer by training, it was indeed fascinating to behold the creativity of COWI via Engr Syed Ali with projects that will open a new chapter in bridge construction The Arabian Dream in the Gulf of Aqaba and the Boubiyan Island Kuwait). Although bridges and tunnels cause land severance and disturb ecology of the environment, it is becoming imperative for the new business to connect with the world. We wish Dubai greater success in building bridges with a future in sight for the next gerneration leadership.