Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded the contract to design and build the AED10.6bn ($2.9bn) Route 2020 metro link connecting to the Expo site to the consortium of Spain’s Acciona, Turkey’s Gulermak, and France’s Alstom.

The scheme, known as Route 2020, involves building a 15-kilometre-long line branching off the existing Red Line at the Nakheel Harbour & Tower station, between the Ibn Battuta Mall and Jumeirah Lake Towers stations. The line will also connect to Al-Maktoum International airport. About 11km of the line will be elevated, with five elevated stations and two underground stations.

The winning consortium was competing against one other shortlisted bidder, a consortium of Japan’s Obayashi, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC; Athens-based) and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. A series of updated offers were submitted in May and June.

The RTA selected the two shortlisted bidders in April after evaluating bids from five groups. Initial prices were opened on 6 March.

The five bidding consortiums were:

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Dubai Metro: Route 2020

Dubai opens door for future metro projects

 given the rising volumes of passengers travelling on the Dubai Metro, the region is beginning to establish a track record that lenders and bankers could use to predict whether project finance debts can be repaid

given the rising volumes of passengers travelling on the Dubai Metro, the region is beginning to establish a track record that lenders and bankers could use to predict whether project finance debts can be repaid

Dubai’s plans for its metro network do not stop with the extension to the Red line connecting to the Expo site.

As part of the emirate’s long term plans for its rail network there are further extensions to the existing Red and Green lines, as well as new Purple, Pink and Gold lines. These plans, which are still at an early stage, will be reviewed by a masterplan study that consultants are preparing to submit offers for in July. Read More