This should help with the rainy days in winter…

A tunnel which is being built to service rainwater in Dubai is now 65 per cent complete. The project is scheduled to be completed before Expo 2020 in September of next year and will be 10.5 kilometres in length once it’s finished.

The ‘Deep Tunnel Project’, is focused around the Airport City and Expo 2020 areas and is set to alleviate any prospective drainage issues during the much-anticipated event. According to Dubai Media Office, the tunnel is around 4.5 kilometres in length at the moment.

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Once complete, the tunnel will serve an area of 490 kilometres including the Expo area, making it the largest in the Middle East and the Arab world. All systems are go, as work on the site continues around the clock, with four million man hours racked up so far.

“The first of its kind project in the Middle East and one of the most prominent specialised tunnels in the world, with a cost of Dhs2.5 billion, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is the latest infrastructure development in the emirate using the best technology, through which Dubai is going to be one of the most important investment destinations in the world,” said Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of the Municipality.

Engineers on the project have been to international camps in order to gain more experience in such mega projects. The team are using two of the largest drilling machines in the Middle East region to dig the giant tunnel.

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Image: Dubai Media Office