Dubai light rail transport project steams ahead

16 November 2002

Ten international companies have been prequalified to submit technical and financial bids by 15 December for the contract to carry out a preliminary engineering study for the proposed light rail transport (LRT) project in Dubai (UAE, MEED Special Report, 8:11:02, page 44; 20:9:02).

The prequalifiers are Parsons Brinckerhoff International, Wilbur Smith & Associates, Parsons International, Lea & Elliott and Louis Berger International, all of the US, France's Systra, Tonichi of Japan, the UK's Halcrow Group, Lahmeyer International of Germany and an unidentified Singaporean firm.

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.

The successful consultant is expected to take 12-18 months to complete the study. The project is expected to be tendered in early 2005 and will take 30-36 months to build.

Wilbur Smith & Associates has completed an initial study for the proposed project and estimated that it would cost at least $1,300 million. The client is Dubai Municipality (MEED 24:5:02).

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