The Roads & Transport Authority has invited consultants to take part in a design competition for increasing the capacity of Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road.

The deadline for entries is understood to be in late March. The competition is separate to earlier plans for the double-decking of Sheikh Zayed road, for which consultants submitted offers in 2014.

At the time, that large-scale infrastructure project was one of the most ambitious in the emirate and was expected to cost more than AED10bn ($2.7bn) to build.

The RTA had shortlisted three consultants. They were:

Sheikh Zayed Road is the main highway running through Dubai and frequently experiences heavy traffic for up to 10 hours a day.

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