As the leadership sets its sights on more infrastructure projects to improve accessibility across and in-between emirates, more initiatives that focus on urban development and demographic expansion are also underway to promote the country’s vision of increasing the people’s happiness under the UAE’s “Year of Tolerance” theme.
All of these seek to further improve the living conditions in the UAE through accommodating infrastructure projects that would benefit existing and future projects in key locations in the country.
New Dubai-Al Ain Road Improvement Project to Cut Transit Time with More Flyovers
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the Improvement of Dubai-Al Ain Road Project which costs AED 2 billion to construct, as shared in a report by WAM.
The said project will enhance the Road’s connections to several highways, such as Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road, and Emirates Road. It will also serve existing and future development projects on both sides of the Road.
The construction work aims to double the number of lanes from three to six lanes in each direction over a 17-km sector. Improvement works also include upgrading six interchanges as well as constructing new bridges and service roads on both sides.
The project will enhance traffic safety, improve road intake from 6,000 to 12,000 vehicles per hour, and cut transit time from Emirates Road interchange to Oud Metha Street from sixteen down to eight minutes.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will lead the project as per the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to meet the needs of urban development and demographic expansion and keep pace with the current upswing, as well as bring happiness to people.
According to HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the Road improvement project will benefit several development projects on both sides of the Dubai-Al Ain Road such as Meydan, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubailand Residential Complex, Liwan and Dubai Design District, among others.
With the immense size of work this will entail, the project has been planned to come in two phases: the first phase costs around AED 1.3 billion, and extends seven km from the interchange of Emirates Road to the interchange of the Mohammed bin Zayed Road.
Meanwhile, the second phase costs about AED 748 million, and extends 10 km from the interchange of the Mohammed bin Zayed Road up to the interchange of Bu Kadra and Ras Al Khor Street. The development of the remaining sector of the Dubai-Al Ain Road from the interchange of Emirates Road up to the outskirts of Al Ain city will be pursued in the future, explained Al Tayer.