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UAE: Jebel Jais Mountain Road to complete in 2019

Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais Mountain Road project is on course to complete before the end of 2019, according to main contractor General Mechanic Company

Jebel Jais Mountain Road is on course to complete before the end of 2019, according to main contractor, General Mechanic Company (GMC).
Jebel Jais Mountain Road is on course to complete before the end of 2019, according to main contractor, General Mechanic Company (GMC).

Jebel Jais Mountain Road is on course to complete before the end of 2019, according to General Mechanic Company (GMC).

Once finished, the road will stretch approximately 40km from the base to the summit of Jebel Jais, the UAE’s tallest mountain.

GMC, which is currently working as main contractor on the second of the project’s three phases, expects the contract for Phase 3 to be awarded within the next four months.

Yaghoub Alipour Vaezi, project manager at GMC’s RAK branch, told Construction Week: “As per the contract, [Phase 2 of Jebel Jais Mountain Road] is due to complete by 1 June, 2017, but we are anticipating an early finish.

“Within approximately four months, we [expect to be] awarded another stage of the project. We will continue from the 36km mark to the [mountain’s summit]. There are plans to develop a resort in this area, including villas and hotels.

“The design [for Phase 3] has not yet been finalised, but this section of the road should be between 3.5km and 4km long. [Phase 3] of Jebel Jais Mountain Road should take around 18 to 20 months to construct. We expect to complete the project in September 2019, approximately,” Vaezi said.

GMC is constructing Jebel Jais Mountain Road on behalf of Ras Al Khaimah’s (RAK) Public Works and Services Department (PWSD).

Volvo Group and its official UAE distributor, FAMCO, have been supporting work at the project for the past eight years. In total, FAMCO has supplied and maintained 50 Volvo Construction Equipment units and 33 Volvo Trucks for the road build.

Approximately 5.5 million cubic metres of material have been excavated at the project to date. More than 100 construction professionals were working onsite at the peak of construction activities, and RAK’s PWSD has invested around $81.7m (AED300m) into the project so far, according to GMC’s Vaezi.

He concluded: “With this road, RAK has opened up a new area for itself. The emirate has made itself bigger.”

For the full interview with GMC’s Vaezi, plus perspectives from FAMCO, Volvo CE, and Volvo Trucks, check out issue 623 of Construction Week.

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