Four companies priced the Dubai Municipality contract by the 9 February deadline, offering two sets of prices. The first covered a basic price, while the second price was an alternative offer (MEED 6:12:02; 19:7:02).

The CCC/Al-Ghandi venture offered a base price of AED 686 million ($187 million), followed by the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty at AED 725 million ($197 million). The ranking was unchanged for the alternative bid, with CCC/Al-Ghandi offering a low bid of AED 672.4 million ($183 million).

The 1.8-kilometre-long tunnel will replace the existing Qusais-Rashidiya junction road. Besides the construction of the tunnel, the contract calls for two interchanges, a four-lane dual-carriageway, access roads, signage and related works.

The project, which will take about 24 months to build, will allow for the extension of the airport runway. The extension is part of the Department of Civil Aviation programme to invest $4,200 million in the airport.

The consultant for the tunnel project is the US’ De Leuw Cather International (MEED 5:7:02).