Habtoor Leighton to build Bluewaters Interchange

Habtoor Leighton Group is to build the elevated road section linking Sheikh Zayed Road to the new $1.6bn Bluewaters Island off the coast of Dubai Marina.

Matthew Darling, senior development manager of Mirage Leisure & Development, which is managing the Bluewaters project on behalf of developer Meraas Holdings, said that the road would link from Interchange 5.5 on Sheikh Zayed Road directly to the island.

“That’s under the RTA, through Meraas, and it has been awarded to Al Habtoor Leighton,” he said, speaking at a seminar held by software firm Aconex at an Australian government trade fair in Dubai earlier this week.

“It’s actually a new road on top of the existing road, and we connect that back to a bridge that joins the mainland onto the island,” he said.

Last month, the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) said that a $136mn (AED500mn) contract for the link road, which will contain two lanes in either direction, will be awarded in the second quarter of 2014.

It said that the link would be around 1,400m long.

“The new bridge will serve the needs of the Bluewaters Island featuring an array of spectacular waterfronts which promise to be the most attractive in the UAE,” said RTA chairman Mattar Al Tayer.

Bluewaters is a 350,000m2 island currently being built from reclaimed sand off Dubai’s coastline. Once complete, the island will contain the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel. The 210m-high wheel, which will have 48 capsules, features an 80m digital screen at its centre.  The wheel has a capacity to house 1,400 people at any one time, or up to 3mn people a year.