By CW Staff www.constructionweekonline.com
Construction of Dubai’s $1bn tram project is complete, following an official launch event that took place on 11 November when Dubai’s Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum became the project’s first passenger.
The official launch event was marked with a series of fireworks being let off at each of the 11 stations that have been opened as part of the $1.08bn (AED4bn) first phase of the project, which has been several years in the making.
The design-build consortium who have been responsible for delivering the project, Belhasa Six Construct (Besix) and Alstom, were originally appointed in 2008, but there were some delays over funding issues and work was halted between October 2009 and the end of 2011. Contracts were re-signed in October 2011, with delivery taking a further three years. More info