July 21, 2011
If Dubai doesn’t already have a city motto, it probably should be “Go Big or Go Home.”
From the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, to the world’s largest fountain in Dubai Mall, the wealthy city has a knack for breaking records with outrageously expensive and attention-grabbing projects.
But since the Burj Khalifa may lose its title as world’s tallest soon, Dubai is looking for a new claim to fame. In 2012, the city will complete work on the Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing. It’s a 1.6 kilometres (5,200 feet) bridge crossing the Dubai Creek. Once finished, it will be the world’s longest and tallest arch bridge.
While we can’t say we’re surprised that Dubai is working on such a project, we are intrigued! Here are some quick facts about this record breaking bridge:
- It will be 64 metres (210 feet) wide, rise 15 metres (49 feet) above the water and soar 190 metres (620 feet) into the air
- The bridge will have 6 lanes of traffic in each direction and will be able to carry 20,000 vehicles per hour
- The project will cost AED 2.5 billion or $680.6 million US
- In the centre of the bridge will be a track for the Dubai Metro
- The bridge design, by FXFOWLE Architects, recently won a super prestigious AIA New York Design Award of Merit and the Architectural Record/MIPIM Commendation
Alright Dubai, you win again… Let’s see more photos of this amazing project.