Dinosaur rail plan for City of Arabia

Japanese and Malaysian consortium to build monorail that will be "driven by technology rather than price".

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By  Angela Giuffrida Published  January 21, 2006

FOUR contractors have been short-listed for the US $200 million (AED734 million) contract to build City of Arabia’s monorail system in Dubailand. Malaysia’s MTrans, Japanese firms, Mitsubishi and Hitachi, and Bombardier of Canada, are understood to be bidding for the project. “We are currently evaluating the main bidders and our decision will be based on technical superiority,” said Anwer Sher, director of City of Arabia. The elevated 67 km system could eventually link up with the planned Dubai Metro, facilitating the movement of the city’s estimated 48 000 residents and 15 000 office workers. The train will serve 14 stations and will run every three minutes. Three stations are planned for the Mall of Arabia alone, providing a link to the Restless Planet dinosaur theme park. “A lot of consideration was given to the Monorail project in our infrastructure plan. Yes it’s expensive, but it’s very robust and will be driven by technology rather than price,” added Sher. Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group are behind the venture, the first phase of which, is expected to be ready by 2009. Sher added that the $2 billion super contract for the entire project will be announced this summer. The company is encouraging local contractors to team up with foreign ones to pool their expertise and resources in a bid to ensure quality and eliminate delays.

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