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Old December 1st, 2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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ABU DHABI | Public Transport

This thread dedicated to future public transport of Abu Dhabi

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Firms plan their bids for Abu Dhabi's Dh7 billion metro and light-rail line

Florian Neuhof
June 10, 2013


Construction companies are gearing up to bid on the Dh7 billion Abu Dhabi metro and light-rail scheme, as the Department of Transport moves forward with the tendering process this week.

Bidders around the world have expressed interest in the project, the first phase of which will cover more than 60 kilometres. On Wednesday, they will submit statements of intent to the Government.

The statements are a precursory step to prequalification, and companies have been asked to send in prequalification documents in August, said sources at contractors intent on throwing their hats into the ring.

Only prequalified companies are able to submit bids for the construction phase of a project.

The German infrastructure giant Siemens yesterday confirmed it would be bidding.

Companies including the United States-based Bechtel and the South Korean contractor Samsung Engineering have previously expressed interest in bidding on the multibillion-dirham project, which will be one of the largest construction enterprises in the emirate.

According to a report in Meed, the Middle East Economic Digest,potential bidders were asked to submit initial expressions of interest last month following a series of meetings held by the Department of Transport earlier in May with construction companies in which it outlined its construction schedule for the planned project.

A list of prequalified contractors will then be drawn up by the department by October and the first contracts are likely to be tendered by the end of next March, Meed reported. Design work on the new metro and light rail systems has been under way since November, when a feasibility study was conducted by a consortium of Aecom, Parsons Brinckerhoff and DB International.

The firms were also charged with coming up with preliminary designs for the project.

Funding for the project was approved by the Executive Council in March 2012.

Most of the metro system is expected to be underground. The first phase will run for 18km between Zayed Sports City on the south of Abu Dhabi island and Mina Port to the north. Trains on this section will stop at 17 stations on the line.

The metro system will be supplemented by two light railway or tram lines that will run above ground. A 15km blue line will run from Marina Mall to Reem Island. A 13km green line will run from the Central Bus Station to Saadiyat Island.

The Department of Transport expects the first parts of the network to be up and running by 2016-17.

The original master plan for the metro, announced in 2009, involved the construction of 131km of line, supported by tram and bus-feeder services. It was originally due to be operational by 2015.

According to Meed, the Department of Transport plans to split construction work on the metro line into three separate contracts.

The first will cover the civil works for the above-ground structures, which will be awarded as design and build contracts.

The second will be for the underground construction work, which again will be awarded using a design and build contract.

The third covers the rail system, the rolling stock and the operation and maintenance for the line. That will be awarded using a design, build, operate and maintain contract.

By 2030, phase one of the public transport network is expected to serve 823,000 passengers a day,. The Department of Transport estimates that by 2015, the annual cost of time spent in congested traffic would be about Dh2.5 billion, rising to Dh5.9bn by 2030.

The public transport network is expected to save 102 million hours of travelling time a year, on which the study puts an annual value of Dh3.8bn.

It estimates 23,000 accidents will be prevented each year, with a saving of Dh414 million.
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Siemens interested to build Abu Dhabi’s $7bn metro and tram system

Mahmoud Kassem
October 29, 2013 Updated: October 29, 2013 07:27:00


The German engineering giant Siemens is among international contractors interested in building Abu Dhabi’s $7 billion metro and light rail project.

The project is expected to be complete by 2020 and will save the emirate billions of dirhams in time lost to traffic congestion.

“Abu Dhabi has pumped a lot of efforts in the last years to build highways, tunnels,” Joerg Scheifler, the chief executive for infrastructure and cities at Siemens in the Middle East, said in an intervew at a rail conference in the capital yesterday.

“When your population reaches 1 million, you should start building things like metros and trams. They have been talking about metro and trams for many years, but now they are serious.”

Siemens notified the Abu Dhabi authorities a couple of months back of its readiness to undertake the engineering, procurement and construction and is now waiting for the prequalification process that is set to be complete in the fourth quarter, Mr Scheifler said. The companies that prequalify will be allowed to bid for contracts in a tender process that may start som etime next year, he added.

Funding for the project was approved by Abu Dhabi’s Executive Council in March 2012. The first phase of the metro is expected to run 18 kilometres between Zayed Sports City on the south of Abu Dhabi island and Mina Port to the north with five kilometers below ground and 13km above ground.

The project had its roots in a master plan for transport that was announced in 2009. It has moved slowly since then amid economic woes and uprisings in the Arab world but Abu Dhabi is now, like many other Gulf states, getting serious about public transport.

“If we look in the region, the key players, Saudi, Qatar and finally now Abu Dhabi, they are seriously talking about improving transport,” Mr Scheifler said. “In Qatar, it’s very much driven by the World Cup. In Saudi, Jeddah, Riyadh and Medina cannot cope any more with normal traffic. They have to do something.”

The 131km Abu Dhabi metro and light rail project will be split into three separate contracts that comprise civil works for above-ground structures, rail above ground and underground construction, according to the Middle East Economic Digest. The preliminary design contract was awarded to a consortium made up of Aecom, Parsons Brinckerhoff and DB International, Meed said.

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport estimates that the city will save Dh5.9 billion of wasted traffic time by 2030. The UAE is investing more than Dh82.3 billion in five different railway projects overseen by the National Transport Authority in an attempt to reduce dependency on cars, traffic accidents and congestion as well as carbon emissions.
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The website for Abu Dhabi Department of Transport:

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First class on a tram. That's incredible.

Has any construction work started on this?
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Only 1% of Abu Dhabi population uses public transport
March 19, 2014, by Binsal Abdul Kader


Passengers board a bus on Electra street in Abu Dhabi, image by Abdul Rahman/Gulf News

More environmental awareness needed, academic tells conference

Abu Dhabi: Only one per cent of the capital’s population use public transport, figures released by the Department of Transport show.

The figure were released during a conference on Wednesday. The conference heard the UAE has a long-standing car culture due to relatively cheap fuel and car prices.

Vehicle fumes constitute 23 per cent of carbon emissions in the UAE, the second largest source after electricity and water production, which represents 41 per cent of total emissions, Mohammad Yousuf Al Sharhan said at the International Sustainable Transportation Conference.

Eleven per cent of Dubai’s population use public transport, thanks to more options such as the Dubai Metro and water taxis, he said quoting official figures.

But increasing awareness on the environmental impact of transport will prompt more people to use public transport in the UAE, he told Gulf News on the sidelines of the conference.

He has studied the topic as part of his master’s degree at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and presented his paper at the conference.

Even the lower-middle class can afford to have a car due to the low cost of cars and fuel in the UAE, which has created a “long-standing car culture” in the country, he said.

He said a lack of access to public buses, which is the only public transport system available in Abu Dhabi, keeps many people away from this system. Connectivity to the destination is also a problem, Al Sharhan said.
Abu Dhabi authorities are working on the issue. Its solution and upcoming metro and tram projects will attract more people to use public transport in the emirate, he said.

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In a survey conducted as part his studies, 60 per cent of Abu Dhabi and Dubai residents who owned a car said they never used public transport. Only two to three per cent use public transport frequently.

Emiratis in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi do not regularly use public transport at at all.

Emiratis in Dubai said they were not able to use the Metro because of a lack of Metro stations near Emirati neighbourhoods. This issue may be solved very soon considering Dubai’s interconnected public transport modes, Al Sharhan said.

Increasing the cost of fuel by minimising subsidies and imposing carbon taxes could discourage private transport but such decisions will not be easy, he said.

Even the US gives fuel subsidies ranging from $10 billion (Dh36.7 billion) to $52 billion every year, he said.

The two-day conference is being held at Emirates Palace Hotel as part of the UAE Green Festival, a month-long event to promote sustainable practices across the country.
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From Emirates 24/7:

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Metro station planned for Abu Dhabi's upcoming mall
Wednesday, November 26, 2014



Al Maryah Central aims to be super-regional mall, completion by March 2018

The Dh3.67-billion Al Maryah Central, a 2.3 million square foot shopping centre on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, is planned to be connected to the Metro, a senior Gulf Related executive told ‘Emirates24|7’.

“The infrastructure on Al Maryah Island is superb and the island will be connected by 13 air-conditioned bridges. In addition to the normal public transport system such as buses, there will be a Metro stop connecting to our mall,” said Karim El Solh, Co-Managing Partner, Gulf Related.

“The master plan of the island does envision a Metro,” he stated, without confirming if the Metro would be functional by 2018 – the year when Al Maryah Central opens to general public

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RATP targets UAE transit through JV
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RATP Group subsidiary RATP Dev has signed an agreement with Zain Capital, which is part of the Lakhraim Business Group, to establish a joint venture that will target some of the United Arab Emirates' largest transport and urban planning projects

The joint venture will initially focus on a bid for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain's bus network operations contract while the group is also eyeing a bid for Abu Dhabi's upcoming metro and light rail projects which are being developed by the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport. RATP Dev is also in discussion with the Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority to enhance Dubai's bus network

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What will be the travelling cost? Govt to provide subsidy?
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Are these 2 holes for metro line??

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So Abu Dhabi will have tram, metro, monorail, all in future? When the construction will start?
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HYPERLOOP - the “fifth mode of transport”

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Now also a hyperloop is planned in Abu Dhabi. You have to wait until 2021 though.

https://www.smartrailworld.com/could..._hsmi=37930609


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