RTA announces US$25m greening contract

Investment is part of an ongoing initiative to expand greenery throughout the Emirate.

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced a US$25 million landscaping contract covering the Dubai Bypass Road.

The move is part of an ongoing initiative to expand greenery throughout the Emirate.

Under the contract, planting will be implemented along the entire length of the 72-kilometre road.

Plants will be selected to suit the local habitat, Mattar Al-Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of RTA, said.

"We opted to select plants which fit well with the local habitat and considered the best in acclimatising to the prevailing weather conditions and soil nature," Al-Tayer said.

"The flora will also save much of irrigation and maintenance costs, besides acting as wind-breaker and a means of curbing sand movement from both sides of the road," he added.

The project will add around three million square metres of greenery to Dubai. Phase one, which covers a 27-kilometre stretch, is to start in October.

The entire cost of construction of Dubai Bypass Road is estimated to be around US$272 million, making landscaping approximately 10% of the total budget.

RTA has yet to name the landscaping contractor that will work on the beautification project.

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