Abu Dhabi: Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) has completed the development of Hodariyat bridge, the UAE’s largest cable-stayed bridge, which links the Abu Dhabi city’s western coastline to the Hodariyat Island.

The impressive bridge was successfully completed six months ahead of schedule and It has now been handed over to Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi.

The 1.3 km-long bridge provides a 29m vertical clearance, and carries six lanes of traffic and two walk ways. The suspended bridge is the biggest of its kind in the UAE; its tall height means that ships are able to pass underneath it. More than 650 people and a total of 5 million man hours were dedicated to the timely completion of the bridge. Work began in October 2009 and was concluded in March 2012.