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Work set to start on $11bn Arabian Canal project

Contractor appointed for phase 1, earthworks to start along 9km stretch.

Work set to start on $11bn Arabian Canal project
CANAL PROJECT: An artists impression of phase one of the Arabian Canal scheme. (Supplied)

Developer Limitless has appointed its first contractor for its $11 billion Arabian Canal project in Dubai, it has been announced.Tristar Transport and Contracting has been given the contract for the first phase of earthworks which involves removing more than 200 million cubic metres of earth – to be re-used to form new landscapes, including valleys and hills up to 200 metres high – along a nine kilometre stretch of the waterway’s route.

Work on phase one will begin this week, with excavation and land reforming completed in three years.

Abu Dhabi-based Tristar is one of 10 local and international companies who were considered for the work.

Ian Raine, project director, Arabian Canal, said: “Construction of our 75km Arabian Canal is a mammoth task, so we are splitting the earthworks into around 10 different packages.

"Tristar will work on phase one, and the tender for the second phase will be released shortly.” Limitless is also master planning a $50 billion, 14,000 hectare waterfront city for 2.5 million people, to be built along the 30 kilometre inland stretch of the canal.

Phase one of the development covers 2,200 hectares and will accommodate 600,000 people. Plans for the Arabian Canal will be on show at the Limitless stand at Cityscape Dubai 2008 next week.

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