UAE-based Wade Adams Contracting has secured an AED447m ($112m) contract from property developer Nakheel to develop a 12-lane bridge to connect mainland Dubai with Deira Islands.

The 600m-long bridge will be built under the supervision of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

After completion, the bridge will provide connectivity to the 15.3km² artificial island city.

Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said: “We thank the RTA for its ongoing assistance and cooperation for our transport links at Deira Islands, where we have now invested more than AED8.5bn in infrastructure and construction contracts, with more on the way.”

“Deira Islands are being constructed as hub designed to facilitate tourism, leisure, as well as retail and entertainment facilities.”

Construction work has already started and is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2020.

The bridge will start from Al Khaleej Road on mainland Dubai, ending at Deira Islands A. Nakheel is currently carrying out various construction development works at the island such as Deira Islands Night Souk and Deira Mall.

Deira Islands are being constructed as a hub designed to facilitate tourism and leisure, as well as retail and entertainment facilities.

In addition to creating additional 40km of coastline in the city, the Deira Islands project will create 80,000 new jobs and host around 250,000 people.

Active in the region since 1976, Wade Adams is a construction and project development company. It has carried out several projects across the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman.

The company was recently involved in construction works at the Expo Bridge in Dubai.