An aerial view of Abu Dhabi city. Image Credit: WAM

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi’s municipal authorities said on Tuesday that the proposed construction of cable car projects at Al Maqtaa and Al Bahia Corniche is still under study and the project has not been officially given to any contractors.

Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) under the Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport (DMAT) in the emirate said in a press release that it wanted to correct certain published reports about the project.

The DMAT said the cable car projects were revealed as part of a portfolio of proposed projects and future investment opportunities in Abu Dhabi. It is part of the futuristic vision of the capital city and suburban areas, which envisages modern structures as well as multiple recreational, residential and other facilities. When the project reaches final approval stage, it will be announced officially in the media.

The initial concept of the project indicates that it will span an area of 160,000 square metres with a total floor area of about 74,000 square metres. The Dh650-million project aims to transform Al Bahia Corniche into a premier entertainment destination for residents of the mainland [the suburbs of Abu Dhabi city], the press release said.

The estimated cost of Al Maqtaa cable car project is Dh350 million. The project links tourist and other key projects at Al Maqtaa, creating a superb transit in an area that facilitates picturesque views from a mobile car. The cable car project is expected to include five stations starting from Al Maqtaa Creek, parallel to Abu Dhabi-Al Ain Road near Al Maqtaa Bridge. The second station will be at Khalifa Park, followed one at Shaikh Zayed Mosque and the fourth will be near Ritz Carlton hotel. The project then turns to the Arabian Gulf Street (Khaleej Al Arabi Street) on a route parallel to Musaffah Bridge and end at the fifth and final station at the Canal Project and Al Barri Souq. The projects aim to realise the aspirations of residents and visitors of the emirate, besides promoting the profile of Abu Dhabi as a global tourist hub and one of the best places to live, work and visit, said the press release.