RTA awards $191.4m Dubai Water Canal contract

Phase four will cost $83.5 million, while phase five will cost $107.8 million, says Roads and Transport Authority

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract worth AED 703 million ($191.4m) for phases four and five of the Dubai Water Canal project, according to a press release.

It said that work for both phases is set for completion by the end of September this year.

“Phase 4 of the Dubai Water Canal project, which costs about AED307 million ($83.5m), is part of infrastructural works required to serve property development areas on both sides of the Canal, including roads and utility lines,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA.

“The Canal stretches 3.2 km from the Business Bay Canal up to the Arabian Gulf via the Sheikh Zayed Road (SZR), Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Road. Projects to be constructed on the Water Front will be served by modern water transport means, and result in improved quality of water in the Dubai Creek.”

Tayer said that phase five, which costs AED 396 million ($107.9m), will link the Business Bay Canal with the Dubai Water Canal and the Arabian Gulf.

“Works include building quay walls of precast concrete slabs all along the stretch of the Canal, completing and diverting utility lines and key services to give way for completing the construction works of the Canal as well as the removal of impacted services. Works also include the treatment of hyper-saline water of the Business Bay Lakes, removing sand barriers in the course of the Canal, and constructing three marine transport stations on both sides of the Canal,” Al Tayer said.

In terms of the progress made so far, construction works on the Dubai Water Canal are progressing within the approved time frame, the RTA said.

The northern bridge over SZR in the Abu Dhabi-Dubai direction has been recently opened by the RTA, the southern bridge has reached 81% and is expected to be opened in July this year.


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