First bridge in the photo is called Maqta and is also the first bridge that connected Abu Dhabi Island with the rest of the country. The Abu Dhabi island is separated from the mainland by a shallow channel of water, which, in the troublesome past, was a strategic advantage, but it also meant an obstruction to trade and transport. Only a few decades ago, the only way to go in and out of the city was to wait for the low tide and simply walk or ride the camel across the wet sand. The story of Al Maqta Bridge, meaning “Crossing Point”, starts from those days, when, with oil discovery imminent, a proper link with the mainland was becoming essential. In the early 1950’s a narrow causeway was built across the channel for amount of one thousand British pounds. Until 1968 it remained the only way in and out of Abu Dhabi. Soon after he became ruler of the emirate, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan realised the need to improve both communications and transport with the western and eastern regions of Abu Dhabi, so one of his first decisions was to turn the causeway to a bridge. Consult firms were chosen to design Al Maqta Bridge and in 1968 the work was done, which also included new approach roads and dredging to use the channel at all stages of tides. With nothing but sands and water around, the building of Abu Dhabi’s first bridge was neither easy nor cheap, the final bill being a thousand times higher than the one for the causeway - one million pounds. Measured by today's standards, that is a pretty inexpensive investment.
Second bridge in the background is Sheikh Zayed Bridge. That is suspended deck / arch bridge. Named after the country's principal architect and former president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the 842 meter long bridge is said to be the most intricate bridge ever constructed. Its curved design arches evoke undulating sand dunes of the desert. Its construction cost is estimated at 300 million dollars. Construction was finished and bridge opened in November 2010.
- Copyright: Petar Lackovic (petarl) (302)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-10
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Pentax K-5 II, Pentax 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR
- Exposure: f/11, 15 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-19 1:28