The oil-rich Gulf emirate Dubai is planning to build the world’s longest arch bridge at a cost of $817 million, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Tuesday, according to the news portal Arabian Business
The project will take four years, the RTA said.
The mega-bridge will measure 5,250 feet with an arch 672 feet high and 2,188 feet long.
The bridge will connect the Bur Dubai and Deira areas of the city and be the sixth creek crossing.
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At 210 feet wide, the bridge will accommodate 12 lanes of traffic and a metro line running down its centre.
The bridge will also include a man made island on which an Opera theatre will stand.
The RTA is currently investing around $22 billion in Dubai’s transport infrastructure as it looks to reduce congestion.
Another mega project currently under construction in Dubai, is the Dubai Tower. Scheduled for completion in late 2008, the tower will be the tallest in the world, at a height of around 2,684 feet.