The contract centres on the construction of a 1.8-kilometre-long tunnel to replace the Qusais-Rashidiya road. Besides the tunnel’s construction, it involves the building of two interchanges, a four-lane dual carriageway, access roads, signage and related works. The project is being undertaken to allow DIA to extend the runway as part of its $4,200 million expansion project.

The CCC/Al-Ghandi venture was low bidder for the contract when bids were returned by four contractors in early February.

The venture’s nearest rival was the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty, which submitted a base bid of AED 725 million ($183 million). The consultant on the project is the US’ De Leuw Cather International.