Dubai Municipality received three bids on 30 October for the third package on the Ras al-Khor creek crossing project. The contract will take about 18 months to complete (MEED 9:9:05). The local Bin Hafeez General Contracting & Transport Establishment has submitted a low bid of AED 507 million ($138 million) for the contract. Its offer is about 7 per cent lower than the next price of AED 532 million ($145 million) submitted by Brazil's Oderbrecht. The local/Cypriot J&P National Wheel is the only other bidder with a price of AED 550 million ($150 million). Located in the Jadaf area, near the wildlife sanctuary, phase 3 calls for the construction of a clover-leaf junction, 13 bridge structures and associated road works.
The Ras al-Khor crossing will be located 1.5 kilometres to the east of Al-Garhoud bridge next to Dubai Festival City (DFC). Project completion is due in 2007. The local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Construct is working on the bridge structure, while the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty is carrying out the second package, covering access roads on the Deira side. De Leuw Cather International, part of the US' Parsons International, is the consultant.
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