Engineer Abdullah Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of Roads, Municipal Infrastructure and Assets Sector at the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, said: "The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City is proud of being an active member among the local entities operating in accordance with the wise vision of the Abu Dhabi Emirate.
is proud of bagging this coveted Award, as it the entity which has undertaken the construction of this vital, giant project featuring a distinctive shape not only in terms of the unique architectural design, but also the unique construction and engineering patterns compatible with the requisite international standards '&' specifications, rendering the Sheikh Zayed Bridge a world's lively, engineering and architectural landmark and a modern model of beauty and innovation," he
Commenting on the Award, Al Shamsi
explained, "Winning the Global Road Achievement Award 2011 by the Sheikh Zayed Bridge is a further endorsement of Abu Dhabi's excellence at the global level manifested in undertaking such massive innovative projects.
Moreover, it clearly indicates that the objective of excellence pursued by Abu Dhabi's prudent government has become a reality epitomised in hundreds of urban, development and infrastructural projects boasting distinctively intriguing details.
Bagging this Award in the Design Category reflects the respect paid by the specialised international organisations to the excellent achievements made by Abu Dhabi as represented in a broad spectrums of designs, which replicate originality in the decorative design as well as addressing the safety in the engineering and technical aspects.
"Winning the GRAA for Design by the Sheikh Zayed Bridge has been achieved thanks to the fulfilment of a host of standards most important of which are the degree of complexity, ability to innovate, cost and efficiency considerations, efficiency, technical value added to road development industry, contributions to addressing social '&' economic concerns, success in using the existing technologies, innovation in applying new technologies, introduction of new technologies, products or equipment, and the degree to which the project, meets the needs of the public," added Al Shamsi.
pointed out that the distinguished Sheikh Zayed Bridge Project necessitated several criteria represented in finding exceptional solutions for unique challenges, creating complex forms of iron, steel, concrete, and setting up a comprehensive design a in all grades, taking into account the impacts of time factor, affecting the interior or exterior of the bridge, therefore, large-scale precautions are taken to ensure its permanence and endurability of extreme environmental conditions.
of Abu Dhabi City will receive the global Award in the annual banquet of the Awards Ceremony on the 24 January 2012 in Washington DC, besides publicising this achievement in the World Highways Magazine
, outlining a summary of the project in the IRF
2011 GRAA Book of Winning Projects, thus raising high the name of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as well as strengthening the status of the emirate at global levels, be it general or specialised professional levels," elaborated Al Shamsi
At the same level, Al Shamsi
affirmed that in the context of the State's 40th UAE National Day celebrations and the plan set by the Celebrations Committee
, the Municipality
of Abu Dhabi City decorated the Sheikh Zayed Bridge with a dazzling lighting system echoing the Spirit of the Union, where colour lights were deployed at all corners of the Bridge turning it into a masterpiece reflecting both the country's rejoice with this precious occasion, the bright image of the giant modern achievements made by the State of the Union, and this year's theme of the celebrations: (Spirit of the Union).
Therefore, we meant to showcase this imposing edifice by framing it with a range of dazzling and shimmering light configurations to yet create extra atmospheres of joy and fascination to the features and details of the Bridge," said Al Shamsi
in a final remark. - Emirates News Agency