RTA receives bids for Ras al-Khor phases 5 and 6

14 July 2006
Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority has received bids for phases 5 and 6 of its Ras al-Khor crossing project. The packages cover the double-decking of Doha road running from Al-Khail road alongside the Burj Dubai development up to interchange 1 on Sheikh Zayed road, and the upgrade of interchange 1, also known as Defence roundabout, into a free-flowing junction (MEED 21:4:06).

For phase 5, the double-decking of Doha road, Japan's Taisei Corporation is the low bidder at AED 605 million ($165 million), which is about 25 per cent cheaper than the AED 805 million ($218 million) offer from Italy's Salini Costruttori. The local/Cypriot National Wheel J&P is the other bidder at AED 895 million ($243 million).

The RTA has received two bids for phase 6 the upgrade of Defence roundabout. Salini's low bid of about AED 694 million ($188 million) is 12 per cent cheaper than the quote of AED 794 million ($216 million) from J&P.

The packages will be the last two phases to be awarded on the Ras al-Khor crossing project. The local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Construct is working on phase 1, which covers Ras al-Khor bridge, the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty is the contractor on phase 2, the local Bin Hafeez General Contracting & Transport Establishment is working on phase 3a, and J&P is on phase 3b (MEED 10:2:06).

De Leuw Cather International, part of the US' Parsons International, is the consultant for the entire scheme.

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