Gamuda aims for debut on Garhoud

Malaysian contractor comes flying in to Dubai, looking to snap up the project of the moment.

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By  Sean Cronin Published  January 14, 2006

Malaysian construction giant, Gamuda, is among the contractors chasing the estimated US $163 million (AED600 million) Garhoud Bridge contract in Dubai. Up until now the contractor has confined its Middle East activities to Qatar, where it is currently working on a $500 million contract on Doha International Airport. It has yet to win a contract in Dubai, but has teamed up with a local partner to submit a bid for the project, this week. A spokesman for the contractor in Qatar said: “We are tendering for the Garhoud Bridge project with a local partner and tenders were due to be submitted on January 8th.” The existing Garhoud Bridge is a key link across the city and a notorious traffic bottleneck during rush hour. The new single span structure will be between 15 m and 16 m in diameter, adding six more lanes across the Creek. The contract is one of several major road packages currently out to tender or about to close, including the new Interchange 5.5 at Dubai Marina. New road projects have recently been given top priority in Dubai, as the emirate struggles to cope with mounting traffic problems. The number of registered vehicles has risen from around 350 000 in 2000 to around 500 000 today, and is expected to increase by at least 45 000 this year alone.

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