The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai has just awarded phases two and three of the extension of the city’s Light Rail Transit system to French engineer Systra and US giant Aecom.
The 14 month contract involves transport planning, preliminary design and invitations to tender.
Phase two of the tram will be approximately 6km long and will contain nine stations.
It will serve the city’s main attractions, including Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al-Arab, as well as the Mall of Emirates (MOE).
On the opposite side of Sheikh Zayed Road, the MOE is connected to the project zone through the Red Line metro station.
Phase two is part of the master plan for Jumeirah Central Project, managed by Dubai Holding.
Phase three will serve the Jumeirah Beach Road to the north-west of Dubai. It will be 16.6km long and have 19 stations.
The route crosses projects already underway, such as a new one-way road system.
The area between Jumeirah Road and the Al Wasl district is also being redeveloped, and will be integrated into the feasibility study for the design of Phase three.
Systra has previously worked on the first phase of the Dubai tram which opened in November 2014.
Image via Systra