Ministry: Umlifaina Bridge contract award delayed

Abu Dhabi authority suggests March as possible date for decision

Abu Dhabi is developing many aspects of its infrastructure.
Abu Dhabi is developing many aspects of its infrastructure.

The delayed award for the main contract for Umlifaina Bridge may not be awarded until March, according to Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport.

A spokesperson for the contracts department at the DoT said: “The contract has not yet been finalised. It might take another two months or so. The government wants to take its time.”

The project covers construction of two bridges and three smaller crossings that will connect Umlifaina Island - close to Reem Island and Saadiyat Island with Abu Dhabi.

The deadline for the tender submission on 26 September was extended until mid-October, according to Yasir Al Ani, project manager for the estimated $82million development at the time. The scheduled end-of-year award has been delayed since then. Around 13 contractors are believed to have been invited to bid.

Bridges has been  one of the UAE capitals main areas of focus and project delivery in the last year as it continues to improve its infrastructure in line with its 2030 Economic Vision. Last November, the $226million Mafraq Bridge in Abu Dhabi, which was opened this month.

Coordinated by the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, and built by Al Jaber Transport and General Contracting, the 27-lane two-way structure aims to improve the efficiency of the existing bridge and enhance traffic flow.

A few days later, the $270million Sheikh Zayed bridge was opened by HH Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain. A project spanning 842m, is the third crossing over the waterway into the island of Abu Dhabi.

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