By Andy Sambidge

Dubai’s transport authority has awarded an AED500m ($136m) contract for the construction of the first phase of the road and bridge network for the Dubai Water Canal project.

The Roads and Transport Authority has awarded the contract to Turkish firm Gunal, news agency WAM reported on Sunday.

Al Tayer said that the first phase of the project will consist of constructing a bridge on Sheikh Zayed Road that passes through the highest point of the canal, allowing for free maritime movement 24 hours a day.

Roads affected by the works will also have their lanes extended to allow for smooth traffic movement to the canal’s banks, he said. More info