The 18-month contract calls for the construction of an 800-metre-long tunnel, with three lanes for traffic and two for pedestrians in each direction. The other bidders were: the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty, with Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC); the local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Construct; Germany’s Bilfinger & Berger; and Geneva-registered Archirodon Construction (Overseas).

The contract is the second tunnel award on the Palm project. The local Al-Naboodah Civil Engineeringis carrying out the contract to build two east-west service tunnels connecting the fronds of the Palm to the crescent (MEED 26:3:04).