UAE – Project to Assist Pakistan: $300 million is the cost of UAE PAP Phases I and II, 1st part

2013-12-30 16:21:01
WAM XXX 70,000 commuters.
As for the technical specifications, all metal works were fabricated in the United Kingdom, and special technical and engineering specifications were applied in the manufacturing and erection processes as per international standards, including seismic and flood resistance, by supporting river banks with a 900 meter-long water barrier. Anti-erosion, rust and humidity reinforced concrete bases support the bridge which was supplied with a solar powered lighting system. Management and operation facilities were built and a pedestrian lane, parallel to the vehicles’, was added. The project cost $12,460,000.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Bridge is a new architectural landmark in the heart of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, and its strategic location on the Swat River makes it an indispensable part of the Province’s main road network and a tourist attraction, thanks to its unique aesthetic design which is similar to the one used for the Al Maqtaa Bridge in Abu Dhabi. It boasts a beautiful heritage-oriented look with historical crenelated fortress structures at both ends which incorporates age-old traditions of the UAE infused in a modern state-of-the-art design and manufacturing process.
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Bridge This vital bridge was named after the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as a sign of gratitude, recognition and appreciation of his significant generous development efforts to assist the people of Pakistan over the years. His Highness was a solid supporter of Pakistan and was keen to help Pakistanis achieve progress and development in various humanitarian, developmental and cultural aspects.
The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Bridge was also destroyed by the floods, leaving many villagers cut off and without necessary relief or supplies. The bridge is also important in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, as it provides a main artery for provincial inhabitants and a vital link to the provincial highway. The 448 meter-long, 10.7 meter-wide, 7 meter-high bridge has a capacity of more than 4000 vehicles per day and serves as many as 2,000,000 commuters in an area of 1,235 square kilometres.
Again, special technical and engineering specifications were applied in the manufacturing and erection processes as per international standards, including seismic and flood resistance by supporting the river banks with a 1,300 meter-long water barrier. Anti-erosion, rust and humidity reinforced concrete bases support the bridge which was also supplied with a solar powered lighting system. Management and operation facilities were built and a pedestrian walkway was added. The project cost $10,510,000.
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Bridge is now an architectural landmark and tourist attraction, thanks to its unique aesthetic design with a prototype of the Al Jahli Castle built at the entrance to the bridge. The castle design is historically attached to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as a facsimile of the one in Al Ain, close to where he grew up and spent his childhood. This marked the beginning of the leader’s march that was crowned with the union of the UAE and the unity of all UAE people under the leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Road Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Road is the largest and most important modern development project hosted by Pakistan. It is the first step toward progress and prosperity in South Waziristan where it will help stimulate social, economic, educational and health development, and have a direct bearing on the development and welfare of the local inhabitants in the region and FATA Province.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Road acquires its importance as one of the most vital macadamised roads which extends from Wana to Angoor Addah in South Waziristan. It has a positive effect on improving road transport and linking together towns and villages which, due to the extreme topography, have difficulty connecting to the main cities. It also reduces the travel expenses of individuals and their goods to their main distribution outlets. It encourages social communication and unity among locals, provides a quick but safe means of transport for hospitals, colleges, academic institutions and government agencies/directorates, and serves as a third strategic crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan, cutting the distance between Karachi and Kabul by about 400 kilometres.
The 50 kilometre-long, 9 meter-wide Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Road boasts ultra-modern engineering and technical specifications. It has 5 bridges, 105 sewers, side protection walls, 16.8 kilometre-long cement beams, and is 4,800-8,600 feet above sea level. Topography-wise, 50% of the road passes through valleys and 50% through mountainous terrain. The gross cost of the road amounted to $38.01 million.
The geographically mountainous work site, rugged as it may be and with harsh weather conditions, especially in winter, was no obstacle to accomplishing the mission as per modern technical and engineering specifications to achieve world standards.
Today, the inhabitants of South Waziristan find life more convenient and are able to travel easily and enjoy the exquisite scenery along Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Road which provides them with a new artery for life and modern culture.
Makeen-Miranshah Road Makeen-Miranshah Road is a modern development project being carried out in both South and North Waziristan. It is a vital transportation project that links Makeen in the north of South Waziristan with Miranshah in the northern FATA Province, and serves the inhabitants of 3 towns and 20 villages.
The 72 kilometre-long, 9 meter-wide Makeen-Miranshah Road cuts through one of the most difficult and rigid mountainous areas, and crosses over 10 bridges, each being 10.4 meters wide. The bridge, which has 172 sewers, side protection walls, and 26.2 kilometre-long cement beams, cost $ 60,600 million.
Breakdown of projects Education Educational premises were severely hit and devastated by seasonal floods and military operations, leaving local students short of schools and forced to study in the open air, in tents, on roof-tops or in make-shift venues. The situation worsened in winters due to the harsh weather conditions.
Students had to move as they could not afford excessive living costs, and with the transportation infrastructure severely damaged, it would take them hours to get to make-shift schools. It became even worse for girls who could not commute to distant schools. Ambitions and dreams of a better life were washed away by floods, thus making students of stricken areas suffer the loss of a full academic year due to lack of schools, universities and institutes.
UAE PAP Education Score Sheet Number of Projects: 60 Cost: $41,519,000 UAE PAP took the initiative to help Pakistan by building and equipping 60 educational projects as per modern international standards. This initiative was taken upon the directives of UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to support and upgrade the educational infrastructure in Pakistan and build proper facilities for students to study in a convenient environment.
The directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed resulted in the sponsorship of 53 projects as a first stage to absorb 30,000 students. As many as 43 primary to secondary schools and 10 technical colleges and institutes were built under this project.
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