Prefab spans for Emaar bridges to Dubai Mall's Za'abeel expansion

Spans constructed and assembled in Al Quoz used to 'accelerate' completion of 120m- to 765m-long bridges

Emaar is building five link bridges leading to Dubai Mall.
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Emaar is building five link bridges leading to Dubai Mall.

Real estate development giant Emaar has adopted pre-assembled building elements for the construction of five link bridges leading to world record-holder Dubai Mall.

Part of the Za'abeel expansion project at the world’s largest shopping centre, the bridges are being developed by Emaar in conjunction with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Due to open in February, the bridges connect Dubai Mall with the Doha Road / Financial Centre Road at a length of 1.78km. 

More than 580 piles of varying diameters have been used to buttress the new Dubai Mall bridges, which have a total decked area of 1.5ha. The longest of the five bridges measures 765m, with the others ranging between 120-590m.

The bridges feature spans that were constructed and pre-assembled in Al Quoz. Spans were erected over the piers to “accelerate the completion” of the project, with final steelwork connections to be made onsite. Bridge span work is being implemented with the oversight of RTA and Dubai Police. 

Heavy duty cranes will be used to lift the spans into position, following which they will be “fortified with asphalt”, according to an Emaar statement. Construction Week has requested the firm’s media representatives for additional details of the bridge construction operation, including the contractors and equipment involved. 

Emaar said the new retail bridge link will be Downtown Dubai’s third to enhance visitor access experiences, and will follow the operational link bridges from Dubai Mall’s metro station, and another one between Address Boulevard and the Dubai Metro Link to the mall. 

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