In pictures: Sheikh Zayed bridge inaugurated in Pakistan
April 14, 2013
The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Bridge is 448 metres long and will serve about 500,000 people in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province north-west of Pakistan which was severely affected by flooding in August last year.
The new bridge stands as an architectural landmark at the heart of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and forms a key artery in the main road network. With its eye-catching design, the structure is expected to become a tourist attraction.
The new crossing will carry 4,000 vehicles per day. It includes a solar-powered lighting system to illuminate the road and structure. The design also envisages a pedestrian walkway parallel to the road lanes.
The U$10m project was commissioned by the UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa to assist people in the Swat Valley.
The project comes under the directives of President Sheikh Khalifa to help Pakistan through humanitarian and development projects.
The bridge was inaugurated on Friday by the UAE ambassador to Pakistan, Essa Abdullah Al Basha Al Nuaimi in the presence of Pakistan's Chief of the Army Staff, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and other officials. All pictures by Wam.
The approach to the bridge features a model of the Al Jahli Fort, a UAE historic landmark and a childhood favourite of the late Sheikh Zayed.
The collapse of the previous bridge on the Swat River due to massive floods had isolated villagers on both banks.