For the Arabian Ranches roundabout upgrade, Japan’s Taisei Corporation has submitted a low bid of AED 409 million ($111 million), which is 16 per cent lower than the offer of AED 487 million ($133 million) submitted by the local/Cypriot National Wheel J&P. The other bidders are the local Bin Hafeez with Germany’s Bilfinger Berger at AED 488 million ($133 million) and Beijing-based China State Construction Engineering Corporation at AED 494 million ($135 million).The two-year project involves the construction of a free-flowing interchange with 13 bridges covering an area of 46,130 square metres. The interchange will link Emirates road with the Al-Qudra and Umm Suqeim roads. For the Emirates road widening, the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty has submitted a low bid of AED 193 million ($53 million), which is 13 per cent lower than the next offer of AED 221 million ($60 million) submitted by the local Al-Muhairy General Contracting. The other bidder is Saudi Binladin Group at AED 267 million ($73 million). The contract has been tendered twice before: in February, Dutco Balfour Beatty was the sole bidder at AED 228 million ($62 million). The 35-kilometre scheme involves widening the road from three to five lanes in each direction.