x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Construction will start soon on $50m link to Hudayriat project

Construction of a US$50 million bridge linking the capital with Hudayriat Island, the location for future low-rise housing development, is due to start soon.

Construction of a US$50 million bridge linking the capital with Hudayriat Island, the location for future low-rise housing development, is due to start soon. A joint venture between the UAE's Overseas AST and the Swiss firm VSL has been awarded a contract to build the 1.3km structure, which forms part of Abu Dhabi's plan to become a city of islands connected by dozens of bridges and tunnels.

The bridge, estimated to cost Dh183.6 million (US$49.9m), will link the northern part of Hudayriat, which has been earmarked for development by the Department of Presidential Affairs, with Abu Dhabi island. The Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) has been appointed by the department to oversee construction. A source confirmed the contract had been awarded, with work due to begin shortly.

The southern end of the island, which lies off the south-west coast of Abu Dhabi island, will see the development of low-rise housing for Emiratis as part of the Abu Dhabi Plan 2030. According to the masterplan, Hudayriat Island will be "significantly expanded to the south and cut through by canals with a transition to mangroves along its outer edges". The island will be connected to Abu Dhabi near Arzanah, a community being developed by Capitala around Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Abu Dhabi is extending its urban footprint to incorporate neighbouring islands as the Government invests heavily in developing new housing and infrastructure projects.

Construction is already under way on Sowwah Island, which will form the core of the new central business district, and Reem Island, which will feature an enormous community with offices, high-rise towers and shopping centres. TDIC is also developing a vast cultural district and leisure facility on Saadiyat Island to include the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a Guggenheim museum and the New York University Abu Dhabi campus. The developer is planning to build a Dh697m bridge linking Saadiyat Island with Abu Dhabi.

Meanwhile, Aldar Properties is developing Yas Island, which will host the inaugural Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the end of next month. All of the island developments are being connected to the main island by bridges and tunnels. The Urban Planning Council said at the end of last year that 32 new bridges were planned in Abu Dhabi. agiuffrida@thenational.ae