Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has received bids from consultants for the contract to design the second phase of the Dubai Tram network.

The bidders are:

The second phase of the tram network will link the depot at the end of the first phase of the existing network to the Mall of the Emirates metro station on Sheikh Zayed Road. The track will run through Dubai Holding’s Jumeirah Central development.

A third phase is also planned by the RTA that will run from Mall of the Emirates along Jumeirah Beach Road to Union House at the junction of 2 December Street, which was formerly known as Al-Dhiyafa Street. The third phase could also connect to the Dubai Metro, at the Al-Jafliya station in the Satwa area.

The first phase of the tram opened in 2014. It was built by a team of France’s Alstom and the local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Construct. Systra was the consultant.

In early October, the RTA opened commercial bids from consultants for the update of Dubai’s rail masterplan.

The bidders are:

Expected to take about nine months to complete, the study will look at updating and modifying the RTA’s proposed future metro lines and other public transport networks such as the tram. It will also consider other rail systems such as personal rapid transit (PRT).

The transport agency’s latest 2030 masterplan includes a 421-kilometre-long railway network with 197 stations.

The RTA awarded the contract to design and build the AED10.6bn ($2.9bn) Route 2020 metro link connecting to the Expo site to a consortium of Spain’s Acciona, Turkey’s Gulermak, and Alstom 10 October.

First phase of Jumeirah Central to cost $6.5bn

Total cost of the entire development is expected to be $20bn

Jumierah Central

Jumeirah Central

Source: Dubai Holding

Dubai Holding expects the first phase of its Jumeirah Central development to cost AED24bn ($6.5bn) to build.

Speaking at a press briefing on 4 September, Morgan Parker, chief operating officer at Jumeirah Central, said the first phase will include 69 projects, including an A-grade office building and a shopping mall.

The project will be delivered by Dubai Holding and joint venture partners that will invest in buildings. Read more