Following an order from HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
20 January 2019| Last updated on 19 January 2020
Pictured above: Part of the Dubai Metro extension project for Expo 2020
The arrival of Expo 2020 is getting closer day by day...
And in honour of the first ever World Expo in the MENA and South-East Asia region, a Dubai road will be renamed to mark the occasion of the event.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has issued an order that will see the Jebel Ali - Lehbab Road (E77) be renamed to Expo Road.
The name change helps to demonstrate the pride Dubai and its government has in hosting the World Expo for 2020.
Happening in Dubai - at the new Expo 2020 site - from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, the event is expected to attract a whopping 25 MILLION visitors... And 70% of those will come from abroad.
"Expo Road" is a vital traffic corridor in the roads network of Roads & Transport Authority (RTA). It offers an alternative route for motorists heading to Jebel Ali Industrial Area and the surrounding areas", shared HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.
"It also serves motorists heading to or coming from Abu Dhabi, without passing through the downtown area.
"Expo Road, which extends 15km, serves several hotspots such as Jebel Ali Industrial Area, Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority, Dubai South and Dubai Investment Park and extends all the way to teh site of Expo 2020."
Here's our (bad, we admit) illustration of where the newly named Expo Road is...
Screenshot from Google Maps demonstrating where the Expo 2020 site lies, and the newly named Expo Road
Al Tayer also added that the RTA has carried out several projects to improve traffic flow on Expo Road - including a new interchange at Sheikh Zayed Road (E11), which extends 15k up to Emirates Road (E311).
Roads surrounding Expo 2020 have also been widened from four to six lanes in each direction, and four new junctions have been added at Emirates Road, Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Al Asayal Road.
"It has also constructed six bridges on service roads parallel to this corridor, in addition to a flyover of 24 bridges at the junction of Expo and Sheikh Zayed Roads (8th Interchange),” explained Al Tayer.
RTA has replaced all the 68 directional signs, including 18 large signboards.