UAE's Dh5bn tunnel 'almost complete'

06/06/2011 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Bob Brunskell
UAE's Dh5bn tunnel 'almost complete'

The longest tunnel to be built in the UAE is almost complete, according to reports.At Dh5 billion, the traffic tunnel is one of the largest construction contracts in Abu Dhabi and it is on schedule to be fully operational by the end of the year.Arabic language newspaper Al Ittihad reported that many parts of the tunnel are already open to vehicles.Once complete, the three-kilometre tunnel will link parts of the city to Reem Island, which should boost the economy in the area, Emirates 24/7 reported.The Abu Dhabi municipality told the news provider in a statement: "This mega tunnel project is part of the municipality’s strategic aim to meet the requirements of a developing city, as well as respond to the needs of the growing population."Furthermore, the municipality’s efforts are directed towards securing an advanced network of infrastructure and transportation facilities to achieve the highest level of road system efficiency in Abu Dhabi."The tunnel is also expected to cope with demand as the region becomes more populated.