The Dubai construction market got some positive news this month when the eagerly anticipated extension to the Dubai Metro Red Line, dubbed 'Route 2020' was officially approved.
The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, instructed the Roads and Transport Agency (RTA) to begin work immediately on Route 2020.
The extension line will see the Red Line of the Metro extended from the current Nakheel Harbour & Tower station through to the Expo 2020 site in Jebel Ali. This will pass through areas such as Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estate, and the Dubai Investment Park.
The extension line will be 14.5 km in distance and include 7 new stations. 4 km of the route and 2 stations will be underground whilst the remaining 10.5 km of track and 5 stations will be elevated. The planned route should take 16 minutes to reach the Expo site from the Dubai Marina.
Tendering for the Extension to the Red Line will take place in July 2016 and will be welcome news to rail professionals wanting to work in Dubai. Since the Dubai Tram project finished late last year there hasn't really been any rail work in Dubai.
Rail professionals are in short supply at the moment with so much exciting work going on in the Rail sector worldwide. Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UK to name a few, all have large rail projects underway at present.
The UAE remains one of the most desirable International locations for expatriate Quantity Surveyors and other construction professional to work.
We'll be hoping that this announcement is the start of a long list of projects relating to the Expo 2020 that we can expect to move forward in the next 6 - 12 months.
Whilst we await clear vacancies relating to the Red Line Extension, Maxim Recruitment are looking for Quantity Surveying and Contracts / Claims Staff on the Riyadh and Doha Metro's respectively.
Please get feel free to get in touch if you have exposure to rail and large civil engineering projects as and would like to work on these projects.
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