The bridge will be 450 metres long and its longest span will be 225 metres. Its deck will be 50 metres wide and it will hang between 135-metre-high pylons.

As part of its contract, Haskoning will oversee the engineering and tendering process.

The contract is the latest result of a decision taken by Dubai in late 2006 to develop a series of landmark bridges in the emirate to complement its high-profile building projects. Earlier this year, the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) revealed designs for the AED2.5bn ($681m) Sixth Crossing bridge that will run over Dubai Creek between the Lagoons development in the Ras al-Khor area and Al-Jadaf.

This bridge will be 1.6km long, 64 metres wide and 15 metres above water level. It will have 12 lanes for road traffic and a track for the Green Line of Dubai Metro. It will be able to handle about 20,000 vehicles an hour.

The project also includes 12km of new roads and 22 intersections. US-based Parsons International is the consultant. FX Fowle, also of the US, prepared the designs for the bridge (MEED 31:3:08).

The RTA is also working on designs for two other bridges across the creek. The seventh crossing will cross the creek close to the Sheraton hotel, while another bridge will be developed at the mouth of the creek near the Shindagha tunnel.