Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) is expected to tender the design and tender document preparation contract for the extension to the Dubai Metro’s Green line in the second quarter of 2018.

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

MEED earlier reported that the RTA plans to procure the 11 stations on the planned extension using a public-private partnership (PPP) model.

The RTA is also understood to be considering procuring transit-oriented development (TOD) schemes on up to four of the planned 11 stations. TODs typically comprise commercial, residential and retail spaces within the proximity of transport hubs to increase public transport usage.

The Green line extension will be a boost for Dubai Creek Harbour, which is being developed by local developers Dubai Holding and Emaar Properties. The 6-square-kilometre development will have a large shopping mall and The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which, when completed, is expected to be the world’s tallest man-made structure.

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

The Green line extension is just one of the future lines the RTA is considering. At the end of last year, the authority awarded the UK’s Atkins a consultancy contract to update and modify proposed future metro lines and other public transport networks such as the tram.

The transport agency’s previous 2030 masterplan included a 421km-long railway network with 197 stations.

Dubai is already working on a 15km-long extension to the Red line. Last year, the RTA awarded an AED10.6bn ($2.9bn) deal to design and build the Dubai Metro’s Route 2020 link to a consortium of Spain’s Acciona, Turkey’s Gulermak and France’s Alstom.