Futuristic footbridge set for Downtown Dubai

Developer Emaar has revealed a glassy design for a 820m-long pedestrian bridge linking the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall to the nearest metro station.

Scheduled to be operational in 2013, ‘The Dubai Mall Metro Link’ is expected to enhance the convenience of visitors to the attractions in Downtown Dubai, as well as reducing vehicular traffic.

Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “The Dubai Mall is one of the most visited tourist, retail, and leisure destinations in the world.

“While the mall offers covered parking for over 14,000 vehicles, we have been evaluating various alternatives to further streamline visitor traffic and add to their convenience.”

The link, to be constructed by Dutco, will be fully air-conditioned with extensive glazing offering views of the district, including Burj Khalifa.

Its 10 travellators will start at the Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall Metro station entrance pod and travel through the Downtown Dubai development before connecting directly with The Dubai Mall.

The travellators can carry over 13,500 people per hour, moving at an average speed of 0.5 metres/second.

Allowances are also being made for future connections to Emaar Square and Boulevard Plaza offices and linkages with Emaar Boulevard.

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