Bridges to link Dubai’s Bluewaters project to the mainland

Dubai’s transport authority on Saturday said it has awarded a AED475 million ($129.3 million) contract  for the construction of bridges linking the Bluewaters Island tourism mega project to the mainland.

The Roads and Transport Authority said construction work  has begun on the entrances to the island, which will be located just off the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) coastline.

It said in a statement that the entrance to Bluewaters Island will comprise a main bridge with two lanes in each direction stretching 1,400 metres in length.

It also includes the construction of two lanes designated for an automated personal rapid transit system to take visitors to and from the nearby the metro station (Nakheel Harbour & Tower).

A footbridge will be constructed to link the island to the waterfront at JBR, while a cable car will also shuttle visitors.

The Bluewaters Island project was announced in 2013 and has been described as one of the largest tourism hotspots in the world by developers Meraas Holding.

Bluewaters Island will feature the world’s tallest Ferris wheel and an entertainment piazza as well retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones.

A bespoke souq encircled by a promenade will contain alfresco dining outlets serving a variety of cuisine, retail stores and a food hall offering fresh produce in a traditional market  atmosphere.

A luxury five-star hotel and varied residential options are also planned.

The construction project also includes road connections, lighting, bridges and infrastructure works , the RTA said in the statement.

“The new bridge meets the needs of Bluewaters Island which promises to be one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the UAE,” said RTA chairman and executive director Mattar Al Tayer.