The DIFC Truck & Service Tunnel is situated in the centre of the DIFC development between Emirates Towers and Al Murooj Rotana Hotel, which in turn is under the shadow of the record breaking structure, Burj Dubai Tower.
The Truck & Service Tunnel is an underground structure running approximately 1.5 kilometres along the spine of the DIFC development. The tunnel structure is an independent piled multi-level box, comprising of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete elements enclosed by reinforced walls extending to level +2.5 DMD and completely separated from surrounding developments.
The tunnel is designed to allow the one-way passage of trucks through the entry ramp at the southern end of the site to the main spine at the lowest most level of –8.00 DMD to serve all of the adjacent developments through specified loading bays, which in turn relieves the surrounding road arteries of heavy goods vehicles, therefore easing congestion.
The upper level of the tunnel contains all the services for running the tunnel and some services for adjacent developments. Directly above the tunnel, there is provision for a retail structure running three quarters the length of the entire tunnel. This retail structure is currently under design but provisions have already been made within the structure of the tunnel for the services that this development will require.
Again, for Dubai and the DIFC this is a very unique project and all of the adjacent and surrounding parcels to the Truck & Service Tunnel, including the retail development above, will greatly benefit from what it has to offer.