The bidders include the UK’s Halcrow Group, Lahmeyer of Germany,and Parsons Brinckerhoff International, Parsons Internationaland Wilbur Smith & Associates, all of the US.

A selection is due by March. The successful consultant is expected to take 12-18 months to complete the study. The project is expected to be tendered in early 2006 and will take 30-36 months to build.

Wilbur Smith & Associates has completed an initial study for the proposed project, which is estimated to cost at least $1,300 million. The client is Dubai Municipality.

The Dubai LRT project involves the construction of a main line serving residents on the Sheikh Zayed highway. The main line is expected to originate at Dubai International Airport. It will also include two spur lines for commuters in Deira and Bur Dubai.