The plan, approved by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, is expected to reduce transit time between Dubai – Al Ain with wider roads and other upgrades
23 June 2019| Last updated on 19 January 2020
Courtesy of the Dubai Media Office
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the major AED 2 billion road development plan between Dubai and Al Ain. The project is designed to boost road safety and ease of transit by doubling the number of lanes from three to six, creating links with other highways, more flyovers, and improved interchanges.
With the upgraded roads, it is estimated the number of vehicles on the route will increase from 6,000 to 12,000 per hour, cutting down the Emirates Road interchange – Oud Metha transit time by half.
The plan will improve the road’s connecting link with several highways such as Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road, and Emirates Road.
The project will be undertaken by the Roads and Transport Authority.
Dubai has been seeing a fast inflow of new residents and visitors. The road improvement plan was made in response to keep pace with the nation’s demographic expansion as well as to enhance the driving comfort and safety of people.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, said, "It will serve 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.''
The project will undergo phases
Costing about AED Dh1.3 billion, phase I will ease the current traffic congestion on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, which will be redeveloped with an additional four ramps, and to enable three more lanes for the Dubai-Al Ain Road.
"Phase I [...] covers upgrading the interchange of Emirates Road by constructing a flyover crossing Dubai-Al-Ain Road to serve westbound traffic from Dubailand Residential Complex to Dubai. Service roads will be constructed on both sides to avoid traffic overlapping on the highway, improve road efficiency, and enhance traffic safety," said Al Tayer.
RTA will also construct a new flyover reduce the traffic coming from Dubai heading northward to the Academic City and the Dubai Silicon Oasis. Phase I is expected to be completed in the first half of 2020.
Phase II, which costs about AED 748 million, involves redeveloping the Nad Al Sheba interchange by upgrading the existing bridge to serve the traffic from Dubai-Al Ain Road to Nad Al Sheba and vice versa.
Al Tayer added, "Works also include upgrading the interchange of Al Meydan Street and linking it with Al Manama Street. A bridge of four lanes in each direction will be constructed to link with Al Meydan Street and Al Manama Street, and the existing bridge at the intersection of Al Meydan Street will be improved to serve the development projects of Meydan."