The roads and transport authority of UAE has assigned a contract to construct bridges linking Dubai Islands with the mainland district of Bur Dubai.

The contract is to build a 1.4km bridge across Dubai Creek with four lanes for motor traffic and lanes for cyclists and pedestrians plus elevators at either end. It will have a capacity of 16,000 vehicles per hour and the deck will be 15.5m above the water to allow the passage of boats. It will be complete in 2026.

The contractor is the Dubai-based real estate developer Nakheel. The project is part of the Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project, which has a total cost of US$1.4 billion. A previous contract for bridges along Sheikh Rashid Road was awarded in March (link opens in new tab).