SYSTRA and the Dubai metro: extension works are under way!

SYSTRA and the Dubai metro: extension works are under way!

The first stone of the Dubai metro extension has been laid in the presence of the Middle-East region. This project, which is scheduled for completion in April 2020, should be ready in time to deliver visitors to the World Expo that
will take place in October 2020.

First stone laid in September

On 7 September 2016, his Excellency the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, laid the project’s first stone at a launch ceremony in the presence of the Director of the Middle East region.

The stone-laying ceremony took place midway through the project, which commenced in 2013. SYSTRA’s involvement began in 2014, with the task of carrying out the preliminary design studies for the extension project. The project’s detailed design phase started in July 2016 and will continue for two years. It will be overseen by Alstom, which heads the project consortium.

Around 100 SYSTRA employees will work on the project

At present, 30 SYSTRA employees are working on the project, mainly on the design review. During the peak period of the construction works, around a hundred Group employees will be involved. In a 50-50 joint venture with Parsons, the Group has also provided assistance on tender processes for the design/construction works under a contract from Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

The initial works on the viaduct foundations will take place in early November, so the preparations will need to take place in a very short space of time. The main excavations will begin in January 2017, and SYSTRA will be responsible for supervising the works up to the monitoring of the final integration stage.

New metro sections for the World Expo

The extension of the Dubai metro concerns the first of the network’s two automated lines, the Red line, which opened in 2009: once connected, the new sections will be operated as a branch. To the south of the current terminus (Jebel Ali Port), the extension will connect Al Maktoum international airport and the Jebel Ali Free Zone, where the World Expo will take place in 2020.

At its heart will be a new business and leisure district, and an apartment block and golf course, and the Expo site will be adapted for re-use after the event. The metro extension will cover a total of 14.6 km, with seven new stations, of which two will be at underground level stretching over 2.5 km. On completion, the Red line will be just over 65 km long and have 36 stations. A fleet of 50 Metropolis trains will be provided by Alstom. Thales will supply the systems.

Dubai: land of success for SYSTRA

SYSTRA has been playing a part in the development of the city of Dubai alongside the RTA for over 14 years. In 2003, the Group was selected to carry out design studies for the Dubai metro, a two-line network covering more than 70 km on a U-shaped viaduct patented by the Group. After 7 years, it had already transported more than 830 million passengers. SYSTRA also project managed and supervised the tram system serving the Al Sufouh and Dubai Marina districts, which opened in November 2014. Now the Group is preparing for the future with Hyperloop One: our infrastructure concept for this new very high speed transit system was awarded a prize in the two-day competition to design a station for the 127 km line between Dubai and the Fujairah emirate.

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