Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport (DoT) has cancelled the tender for the contract to build a series of bridges linking the Umlifaina islands to the Abu Dhabi mainland.

The DoT also returned bid bonds to the 14 contractors that submitted bids in November 2010 (MEED 23:11:11).

The estimated AED1bn ($272m) contract would have involved building two major bridges and three smaller crossings. The first main bridge will connect Abu Dhabi mainland to a smaller island and the second will link the smaller island to the main Umlifaina island.

Umlifaina islands are located near to Reem Island and Saadiyat Island – both of which are currently being developed.

The consultant for the bridges project is the Abu Dhabi office of Aurecon.