Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority is considering procurement options for the Dubai Metro Red Line extension from its terminus in Rashidiya to Mirdif City Centre.

According to sources familiar with the plan, the RTA is considering whether to issue a tender for the package or directly award the project to the team working on the Route 2020 metro link.

The $2.9bn design and build contract for the Route 2020 metro link was awarded in 2016 to a consortium of Spain’s Acciona, Turkey’s Gulermak and France’s Alstom.

MEED understands the 3.5-kilometre Mirdif City Centre extension is planned to be completed by 2019, the same target completion date for the Route 2020 link.

The 15km Route 2020 extends from the Dubai Metro Red Line’s Nakheel Harbour & Tower station, located between the Ibn Batutta Mall and Jumeirah Lakes Towers stations, to the Expo 2020 site.

MEED earlier reported that the RTA plans to procure the 11 stations on the metro’s Green Line extension using a public-private partnership (PPP) contract model.

A tender for the scheme’s consultancy contract is expected to be issued in early 2018.

The extension will take the Green Line from its existing terminus at Creek station in the Jadaf area, across the Creek to the Dubai Creek Harbour development and then onto Academic City.

The rail link will support the development of the Dubai Creek Harbour project. The 6 square-kilometre development includes a large shopping mall and The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which is planned to be the world’s tallest man-made structure.

The connection to Silicon Oasis and Academic City will also be a catalyst for further development in that area of Dubai.