Project Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Al Maryah Bridges

A model construction site for four bridges

Since 2016, four bridges have eased access to Abu Dhabi's new business district on Al Maryah island. BESIX Group designed and built them with special care for the wider environment. For the local Environmental Agency this was a model building site.

Easier access

Four new bridges between 200 and 430 m in length now facilitate access to Al Maryah Island and its business district from the islands of Abu Dhabi and Al Reem. Welcome relief for motorists who now spend less time in their cars, but also for the city centre, de-bottlenecked with the commissioning of the new bridges, one of which also provides direct, fast access to the emergencies entrance of the Cleveland hospital. The bridges are also built to carry the weight of a light rail infrastructure.

Water in line of fire

To preserve water quality and limit damage to the marine ecosystem, the team relied solely on maritime engineering methods, without any temporary embankment into the water. It also used silt curtains for all activities requiring contact with seawater. To reduce the impact on the hydrodynamics of surrounding waters, it opted for a unique concept of capless piles.

Model site

The Abu Dhabi authorities imposed strict restrictions to preserve the general environment during the works on site. The vigilance and the technical choices of the team paid off, as shown by the close and objective monitoring of turbidity, noise and dust levels, and a series of other indicators. No complaints were reported from the neighbourhood, which includes several 5 star hotels. For the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency, the site was a model for future projects in the region!

Project details

Project name

Al Maryah Bridges

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


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