Companies have been invited to bid by mid-June for an estimated AED 320 million ($87 million) package on Al-Wahda road. The contract involves the construction of an interchange for local traffic and an overpass at King Abdulaziz junction, a new interchange and flyover next to the gold souk and an upgrade of the Cultural Square interchange, including an overpass onto Airport road and a 175-metre underpass for through traffic on the Al-Wahda-Dhaid road. The local Sharjah General Contracting (SGC) is working on the first stage of the scheme – the upgrade of King Faisal interchange (MEED 22:4:05).

Tender documents are expected to be issued soon for the second package on the AED 420 million ($114 million) upgrade of the east-west link on King Abdul-Aziz road from University City to Layyah.

The contract covers the upgrade of the road through the industrial areas to Al-Wasit road, where there will be a new interchange. Another two contracts are planned on the programme.

The UK’s Halcrow is the consultant on both schemes.