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Dubai’s RTA awards $68m contract for theme park roads, bridges

Roads and Transport Authority awards contract in cooperation with Dubai Parks and Resorts parent company Meraas Holding

PHOTO: The $2.9 billion project will include Motiongate, Legoland and Bollywood theme parks. Credit: Supplied

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that it has awarded a $68 million contract for the construction of roads and bridges for the upcoming Dubai Parks and Resorts theme-park development.

The planned work includes the construction of a three-lane bridge as the main entry from Sheikh Zayed Road for vehicles coming from Dubai, and the construction of a two-lane bridge as the main exit on the Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi.

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Construction works on the bridges started recently, said Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General of the RTA.

“It comprises the construction of a 3-lane bridge stretching 1,500 metres as a main entry on the Sheikh Zayed Road for vehicles coming from Dubai and heading to Dubai Parks, and the construction of a 2-lane bridge stretching 1,000 metres as a main exit on the Sheikh Zayed Road from Dubai Parks in the direction of Abu Dhabi,” he said.

Dubai Parks and Resorts, a development arm of state-owned Meraas Holding, is constructing the theme-park scheme on a 2.3 million square metre site in Jebel Ali.

The $2.9 billion project, set to open in October 2016, is spread across 25 million sq ft of land bordering Sheikh Zayed Road close to the Palm Jebel Ali between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. 

The project – which will include Motiongate, Legoland and Bollywood theme parks – is targeting 6.7 million visitors in its first year, in line with the Dubai government’s aim to attract 20 million visitors annually by 2020.

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