Impressive Architecture: World’s Longest Arched Bridge in Dubai
Well, every time we write about architectural projects in Dubai, we talk about stunning structures never seen in other parts of the globe that together make up Dubai’s urban landscape of the future. We think many of you are familiar with what Dubai can offer in terms of architecture. It is known as a city of superlatives – the fastest growth, with the highest, most expensive and most spacious architectural pieces worldwide. It becomes a metropolis overnight and as the Arab world’s financial center, in 2012 it should house another mega construction and that is the world’s longest arch bridge. It could be also the most expensive arch bridge in the world, if we think that its costs amount to 3 billion dirhams ($816.9 million). Behind this amazing and unique architectural project is New York based firm Fxfowle, who won a major international design competition for this project sponsored by the Emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority. Started in March 2008, the construction is supposed to last 4 years and once completed the bridge will be one mile longm, it will measure 1,600 metres with an arch 205 metres high and 667 metres long.
Among other characteristics this bridge with impressive architecure will have 12 lanes for traffic being capable to carry more than 2,000 vehicles per hour in each direction and a metro line will run across its middle. As architects states, the bridge design is intented to be “an opportunity to connect people both physically and emotionally by creating an iconic landmark, destination, and gateway between the old, the new and the future Dubai.” Its grandious design reminds of the rhythmic grace of Dubai Creek’s current, the elegant splendor of the sand dunes adjacent to the City and the lighting patterns of the lunar cycle and the design of the future Opera House.
World’s Longest Arch Bridge in Dubai