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UAE: Jebel Jais road Phase 3 to be awarded in 2016

Ras Al Khaimah’s Public Works and Services Department will award the contract for Phase 3 of Jebel Jais Mountain Road before the end of 2016, according to General Mechanic Company

General Mechanic Company (GMC) expects the contract for Phase 3 of Jebel Jais Mountain Road to be awarded before the end of 2016.
General Mechanic Company (GMC) expects the contract for Phase 3 of Jebel Jais Mountain Road to be awarded before the end of 2016.

The contract for the final phase of Jebel Jais Mountain Road will be awarded before the end of 2016, according to the project’s main contractor, General Mechanic Company (GMC).

Speaking to Construction Week in August, Yaghoub Alipour Vaezi, project manager at GMC’s RAK branch, said he expected the contract for Phase 3 to be awarded within the next four months.

GMC was enlisted by Ras Al Khaimah’s Public Works and Services Department (PWSD) as the main contractor for the road’s initial phase, and it is in the process of completing Phase 2.

Vaezi is confident that the client will award the contract for Phase 3 to GMC as well.

“As per the contract, the current 6km portion [Phase 2] is due to complete by 1 June, 2017, but we are anticipating an early finish,” he explained.

“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,” Vaezi added.

The design for Phase 3 of Jebel Jais Mountain Road has not yet been finalised. However, GMC anticipates that it will be between 3.5km and 4km in length, and will include six retaining walls and five hairpin bends.

The final portion of the highway will stretch to the summit of Jebel Jais which, at 1,910m above sea level, is the UAE’s tallest mountain.

Vaezi said that Phase 3 of Jebel Jais Mountain Road would take between 18 and 20 months to complete.

As such, he predicts that the road is on course to complete in September 2019, approximately.

An in-depth site visit, including interviews with GMC, FAMCO, and Volvo Group, is featured in issue 623 of Construction Week.

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