Germany’s TUV Rheinland has won a contract to assess the safety of a new monorail link being built to serve The Pointe shopping and leisure development on the Palm Jumeirah.

Dubai property developer Nakheel is overseeing the project and appointed the German firm as the Independent Safety Assessor (ISA).

In early September, Nakheel floated the tender to build The Pointe, with bids due for submission at the end of the month. The construction of the scheme is expected to start before the end of the year. It is due to be completed by 2016, and will comprise restaurants, shops, cafes and leisure facilities.

The project also includes building a new monorail station, which will feature an open-air passenger platform and will be integrated into the planned retail areas.  The railway will be built around the existing Palm Jumeirah monorail structure.

TUV Rheinland has won a string of deals in recent months involving metro schemes being developed in the region. In July, it won the contract to oversee the operation of the Al-Mashaaer al-Mugaddassah metro (Mecca metro) in Saudi Arabia during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage.