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Dubai Municipality's $680.6m deep tunnel project 75% complete

Director general, Dawoud Al Hajri said excavation work will be completed in May 2020, with operations to begin in September

Dubai Municipality is working on the deep tunnel project [All images: Screengrab/ Twitter/ @DMunicipality].
Dubai Municipality is working on the deep tunnel project [All images: Screengrab/ Twitter/ @DMunicipality].

Dubai Municipality’s (DM) deep tunnel project, which is the first-of-its-kind to drain rainwater and groundwater is 75% complete, according to the director general, Dawoud Al Hajri.

In a Twitter post followed by a video that explains more details and progress of the project, Dubai Municipality cited Al Hajri, who also said excavation operations on the project will be completed in May 2020.

The total value of the project, which will serve an area spanning 490km2, is $680.6m (AED2.5bn). According to Dubai Municipality, the project will be ready to commence operations in September 2020.

Upon completion, it will drain rainwater in the Dubai South's Airport City and from other areas close to Expo 2020 Dubai site.

Dubai Municipality said the total number of working hours reached 10 million man-hours on site, with the project representing a long-term solution to address the rainwater drainage problem and providing a viable solution for the next 100 years.

In September 2019, director of the drainage projects department at Dubai Municipality, Eng Fahd Al Awadhi said one of the drilling machines had reached Sheikh Zayed Road's 8th Intersection, where it would be extracted, dismantled, and reassembled to move to the 7th Intersection.

Al Hajri said at that time the Middle East's largest tunnel boring and drilling machines were brought in for the project marking a major growth avenue for Dubai.

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