EXCLUSIVE: Dubai receives one bid for highway bridge

24 September 2018
The RTA is expected to seek other bidders for the elevated section of Al-Khail Road

The Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has received one bid for the contract to build a bridge that will take Al-Khail Road over a new waterway connecting Business Bay and Meydan.

The local DBB Contracting was the only company to submit an offer for elevating Al-Khail Road on 20 September, and the RTA returned the bid without opening it.

It is understood that the RTA will now set a new tender closing date and invite other contractors to submit offers.

The RTA has tendered the contract before. In January this year, DBB submitted the lowest offers, one of AED670m ($183m) and another of AED892m.

The next lowest bids were submitted by the local Al-Naboodah Contracting. It submitted bids of AED848m and AED1.165bn.

The other bidder was Turkey’s Mapa Gunal with bids of AED1.167bn and AED1.485bn.

The project involves Al-Khail Road bridging a section of canal linking the Dubai Water Canal or Dubai Creek Extension with a waterway that will run through the Meydan development.

The works involve the construction of road bridges together with excavation and marine works for the waterway.

While the RTA is handling the tender process, local developer Meydan is funding the project. The consultant is US-based Aecom.

Al-Khail is one of the major highways running through Dubai. It connects to Mohammed bin Zayed Road in the Jebel Ali area to the south, and connects into the Dubai-Hatta/Oman road to the north.

The Al-Khail Road scheme is similar to works completed on Sheikh Zayed Road in 2016 for the Dubai Water Canal, although the bridge and excavation work for that project were executed as separate packages.

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