Dubai Smile to replace Floating Bridge


By Mustafa Al Zarooni

DUBAI — The seventh crossing over Dubai Creek called ‘Dubai Smile’, the bridge that will replace the Floating Bridge, will open for traffic in the middle of 2013, Khaleej Times has learnt.

The crossing, which links the emirate’s two flanks, lies near Dubai Creek Park, Wonderland and Dubai Courts on the Bur Dubai side and Deira City centre and Dubai Golf club on the Deira side.

The structure, which will have a majestic design, is estimated to cost Dh810 million.

The Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai (RTA) gives top priority, along with other projects, to the seventh crossing which will be built and opened for traffic next year, said an official source.

The tender for the Dubai Smile project will be invited after the competition of the Rashid Hospital Tunnels Project, which costs an estimated Dh705 million. Eighty per cent of the tunnel project has been completed.

The work on the Dubai Smile bridge is expected to be completed by mid-2013, the official said. More info