• DSO plans 2.7 kilometres of new roads
  • Mixed-use development tender expected soon

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for the free zone technology park, has announced the launch of a roads improvement project that aims to expand the existing infrastructure by approximately 2.7 kilometres.

Designed to reduce traffic near the Dubai Academic City Road, the project will be executed at a total cost of AED28m ($7.6m).

Expansion works will include a new lane for one of the exits from Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) heading towards Academic City Road.

Furthermore, a new lane is being added to the exit from Academic City Road onto the Dubai-Al-Ain Road due to bottlenecked traffic during peak hours.

The project is set for completion by the end of 2015.

In January this year, DSO said it was preparing to issue tenders for a new AED1.1bn ($299m) mixed-use development.

Muammar Khaled al-Katheer, executive vice-president of engineering management for DSO, told MEED’s Destination Dubai 2020 conference on 28 January that the Silicon Park project would be “tendered soon”, although no tender has been launched yet.

Al-Katheer said that the local Dar Consult, which has been appointed as the main consultants, is working with other sub-consultants to finalise project designs. DSO launched the Silicon Park mixed-use project in March 2014.

Spanning an area covering 150,000 square metres, Silicon Park will contain a mix of office, commercial and residential space. The development will also offer a 115-room business hotel.

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