The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has kick- started the initial steps towards the construction of ‘Route 2020’ project; which encompasses the extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the site of Expo 2020.
To this effect, the RTA held a broad gathering to highlight the project details, which was attended by more than 300 executives hailing from 34 countries, representing more than 100 rail contractors as well as suppliers of trains, rail communication systems and technologies among others. The gathering was also attended by ambassadors, consuls of eight countries.
Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of RTA, opened the session which was held at InterContinental Hotel by welcoming the enormous gathering of representatives of international firms who were keen to know the details of the ‘Route 2020’ project which stretches about 15km and covers seven stations.
Al Tayer speaking about Route 2020’ project to international representatives
"The intense presence of international firms is a great start of this project which is set to provide safe and smooth transport to visitors of Expo and several districts of Dubai as well.
“It will also act as a vital link between various areas of Dubai and Al Maktoum International Airport in future.
“The development of ‘Route 2020’ project is undertaken in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to achieve sustainable development, and develop world-class infrastructure and services in Dubai.
“It also comes in implementation of RTA’s master plan to provide mass transit systems comprising metro, tram, buses, and marine transit services,” stated Al Tayer.
‘Route 2020’ project starts off Nakheel Harbour & Tower Metro Station on the Red Line and extends 15km (11km viaducts and four km underground), and includes seven stations - 5 elevated, and 2 underground stations.
It also includes a future plan to construct three stations to serve Al Maktoum International Airport.
The project serves districts with average-to-high population density such as the Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estate, and the Dubai Investment Park.
“These communities are inhabited by about 240,000 persons and the journey from the Dubai Marina to the site of Expo will take 16 minutes,” explained Al Tayer.
He reiterated the transparency of RTA’s contractual procedures for the construction of the project which would be tendered on the basis of a Design-Build contract model, and the RTA had charted out the timeline for the project construction.
“The RTA will start receiving Requests for Pre-Qualification as of May 31 this year, and the shortlist of consortiums qualified to undertake the project will be selected on June 30 this year.
“On July 2 this year the RTA will release the tender documents, on December 6 this year the RTA will start receiving proposals submitted, and on January 28, 2016, the RTA will announce the consortium winning the project construction.
“Construction works on ‘Route 2020’ project will start once the contract is awarded in the first quarter of 2016, and the project is set to be accomplished in the first quarter of 2020 such that it will be up-and-running to serve visitors of Expo 2020,” said RTA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director in a concluding remark.
The gathering was attended by the CEO of Strategy & Corporate Governance Sector Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Corporate Technical Support Services Sector Abdullah Al Madani, CEO of Rail Agency Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, and a host of directors and engineers of the RTA.