Bids in for ministry road projects

02 June 2006

The Ministry of Public Works & Housing (MPWH) has received bids for two major new road schemes in the northern emirates. The packages cover the first contract on the proposed Dubai-Fujairah freeway, and the latest phase of the outer bypass scheme linking Sharjah and Ras al-Khaimah.

The Ministry of Public Works & Housing (MPWH) has received bids for two major new road schemes in the northern emirates. The packages cover the first contract on the proposed Dubai-Fujairah freeway, and the latest phase of the outer bypass scheme linking Sharjah and Ras al-Khaimah.

The MPWH has received bids from three companies for the first-phase package on the Dubai-Fujairah freeway project. The local/Cypriot National Wheel J&P has submitted a low bid of AED 313 million ($85 million), which is 2 per cent lower than the offer of AED 319 million ($87 million) submitted by the local Al-Muhairy Contracting. Saudi Binladin Group is the other bidder at AED 367 million ($100 million). The package has been tendered twice before, in 2003 and 2005. In 2005, Al-Muhairy submitted a low bid of AED 223 million ($61 million - MEED 14:4:05).

The package covers the construction of 23.3 kilometres of highway between the Sharjah-Kalba highway and the town of Sifini in the foothills of the Hajar mountains. The consultant is the local Al-Turath Consultants with the US' Wilbur Smith & Associates.

The MPWH received bids from six local companies for the outer bypass contract. Nael & Bin Harmal is the low bidder with an offer of AED 156 million ($43 million), which is about 5 per cent lower than the AED 177 million ($48 million) bid submitted by Darwish Engineering. The other bidders are Saif bin Darwish at AED 196 million ($53 million), Emirates Road Contracting and Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting, both at AED 199 million ($54 million), and Al-Muhairy at AED 203 million ($55 million).

The contract forms the south-eastern section of the proposed Sharjah-Ras al-Khaimah freeway. The dual-carriageway is approximately 16 kilometres long and involves the construction of two interchanges.

A MEED Subscription...

Subscribe or upgrade your current MEED.com package to support your strategic planning with the MENA region’s best source of business information. Proceed to our online shop below to find out more about the features in each package.

Get Notifications