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CSCEC ME wins $217m Dubai Hills Mall road upgrade contract

RTA has awarded the contract to build elevated highways, viaducts, and road ramps

A block plan of CSCEC ME's 16th project with Dubai's RTA [image: chinaconstruction.ae].
A block plan of CSCEC ME's 16th project with Dubai's RTA [image: chinaconstruction.ae].

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East (CSCEC ME) has won a $217m (AED800m) contract to upgrade roads near Emaar's under-construction Dubai Hills Mall.

CSCEC ME's civil and infrastructure arm was awarded the contract by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), which awarded Phase 5 and 6 contracts to support road improvements for Expo 2020 Dubai this week.

The contractor will build elevated highways, viaducts, and ramps to improve traffic flow between the Umm Suqeim and Al Khail roads, as well as Dubai Hills Mall, which was 60% complete in June 2018. 

READ: China's CSCEC ME to build Emaar's $351m Downtown View in Dubai

Road improvements will also be carried out along Al Khail Road. The contract marks the 16th time that the Chinese government-owned contractor and RTA have worked together since 2006, the contractor said in a statement.

Details of project commencement and completion have yet to be revealed. However, it follows a steady flow of new contracts for CSCEC ME, one of the largest building firms in the UAE.

CSCEC ME inked a $351.2m (AED1.2bn) to build Emaar Development's Downtown View II project in Dubai in September. The company's scope includes building three high-rise towers with 1,509 units. 

READ: China giant's CSCEC ME's Yu Tao on legislative protection for contractors

Dubai's Business Bay and Downtown are key hubs for the Chinese contractor, which signed a $139m (AED512m) to build Tower C in Damac's Aykon City development, located on Sheikh Zayed Road, in Q3 2018.

Meanwhile, it was revealed in July that the UAE government and CSCEC ME were in talks to collaborate on road and infrastructure projects. 

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