Sunday, August 31, 2008

August 31---transport

There is no shortage of opinion about the roads in Dubai.

But there is no question a transportation revolution is taking place.

The cost of the road and transport work taking place is above imagination!

Dubai RTA - Dubai Metro - Purple Line
Country : UAE
Project Value : USD 2,700,000,000 (estimated)
Sector : Infrastructure | Metro
PMC : Bovis Lend Lease + Mass Transit Rail Corporation (MTRC)
Profile Type : Contract Package | Related Projects (7)

Completion: Q4 2012
Owner : Roads and Transport Authority - DubaiRoads and Transport Authority - Dubai
Roads and Transport Authority - Dubai
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Location : Dubai
Contract Type : EPC - Engineering, Procurement, Construction
Facility Type : Metro
Capacity : 49 km line
Background The Purple Line is the fourth line of the Dubai MetroDubai MetroLoading... Project and will provide an express means of transport that provides a direct link between Dubai International Airport and Jebel Ali Airport, a distance of about 49 kilometers.

The line will pass along Al Khail Road and will serve vital key projects extending along Al Khail Road and the Al Jaddaf area.

The average speed of the train over the Purple line is 100 km per hour with a maximum speed between 135 km to 160 km per hour. The trip between the two airports will take about 40 minutes, including stopping time at the stations.

The Purple line will be automatically operated, driver-less and provide a safe service environment. All metros will be operated in accordance with an integrated metro system.

The line will include 8 passenger stations three of which will include facilities for checking-in for the two airports. Passengers will be able to bring their personal effects, check-in and obtain plane boarding passes through the airlines counters in the designated three metro stations and will be able to proceed directly to the airports.

Parsons BrinckerhoffParsons BrinckerhoffLoading... is the project consultant and Bovis Lend Lease and Mass Transit Rail Corporation (MTRC) of Hong Kong are the PMC.

RTA is considering extending the Purple Line in the future to other developments.
Current Status The ITB for the EPC contract was expected to be issued in late Q3 2008; however, this date is not final (the tendering process might be postponed due to the delay in design, which might be completed in Q4 2008). Construction is expected to commence in March 2009, and completion is expected in Q4 2012.

In May 2007, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)
Roads and Transport Authority - Dubai
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signed the agreement with the international consultant, Parsons BrinckerhoffParsons Brinckerhoff
Parsons Brinckerhoff International
PB International
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to carry out Consultancy Services including the initial designs of Dubai Metro Purple line. The Design is expected for completion in June 2008.

Parsons Brinkerhoff will prepare the initial designs to serve the airports & passengers, design the interchanges for the Purple Line with the airports and both the Red & Green Lines, set the technical specifications of the project and specify the optimum technology for use in the metro, and to tender the project for construction and evaluate the bids.
Scope of Work Construction of a 49 km line and 8 passenger stations, 3 of which includes checking-in airport facilities.

Supply and installation of up to 9 carriages. Each carriage will measure around 3.2 meter in width and 3.8 meters in height with a seating capacity of about 50.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

August 27---us elections

Does the UAE care about the US election?

Listen to the podcast!

Monday, August 25, 2008

August 25---energy healing

It sounds a bit like Star Wars but Margaret from the Synergy Medical Center (04-348-5452) made it all sound very interesting.

The idea is simple.

We have energy fields around us and those fields can be modified.

By modifying the energy fields health and wellbeing can be improved.

Sounds very simple!

Listen to the conversation

Good site to get an idea of what it is all about.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

August 24---back from summer

We spent the show asking what was new in the UAE after 7 weeks!

-self serve petrol
-road names
-sms taxi order
-al wadha rd closed
-bus help at malls
-corruption clamp down

WOW a lot has changed that is for sure!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Back Sunday!

Ok so I was gone for 7 weeks.

What did I notice?

Italians have no idea how to live with others!

Italians, push, shove and are out for themselves and that might even mean pushing into a line and snagging a pizza from your hand! I was there and had this happen.

Travel stories what have we learned? Nightline Sunday!