PLANS to build a two-line automated metro in Dubai (RG 3.04 p164) are set to move forward this month with the announcement of a shortlist of bidders for the civil engineering work.

Six groups are reported to have qualified for a shortlist chosen from around 50 bidders. Odebrecht of Brazil and the Saudi Arabian Bin Laden Group are two companies which are reported to have submitted individual bids.

They are understood to be bidding against four international joint ventures: Parsons Transportation of the USA working with Yapi Merkezi of Turkey; Bouygues of France with Vinci and Hochtief; a group including Balfour Beatty and Royal BAM of the Netherlands; and Germany's BilfingerBerger working with Besix of Belgium and Taisei of Japan.