Speaking at MEED’s Middle East Road Infrastructure Projects 2009 conference on 17 May, Al-Ameri said the population of Abu Dhabi’s second largest city will rise to 1 million in 2030 from just over 200,000 in 2008.

Walid Damaj, from the municipality’s roads and infrastructure division, said plans for roads over the next two years call for 15 projects with a total planned investment of AED1.2bn.

Damaj said five Al-Ain transport projects with a combined value of AED259m are currently out to tender.

They include a contract to carry out a transport masterplan for Al-Ain. Contractors expect the municipality to award the masterplan in September.

Damaj said Al-Ain Municipality is completing more than 24 road infrastructure projects worth AED4.4bn.

They include a AED800m project to widen the Al-Ain to Dubai road, that is due to open in 2010.