This new Dubai toll gate has been installed on SZR to help reduce traffic congestion
24 October 2018| Last updated on 13 November 2018
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A new Salik gate has been activated on Sheikh Zayed Road, and the RTA expects a 25% drop in traffic as a result.
Commuters who frequently use that stretch of Sheikh Zayed Road going to and from Jebel Ali or Abu Dhabi will know very well how traffic can become congested.
As a result, in an effort to reduce that congestion the RTA earlier installed and have now activated a new Salik gate directly after Ibn Battuta Mall, heading towards the Capital.
Dubai's new Salik gate near to Jebel Ali became operational at 12am on Wednesday 24th October.
The installation of this new toll gate means that drivers are faced with paying an extra 4 Dhs if they pass through it. And as with all toll gates installed on Dubai's highways, this new Salik gate aims to help ease the traffic in the area.
It's the seventh Salik toll gate in the emirate, and authorities hope that it will encourage drivers to use alternative routes. But admittedly, we're sure commuters are not going to enjoy the extra cost of travelling to Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi - especially as the cost of driving down SZR already doubled in 2017 due to the Al Safa and Al Barsha gates being unlinked.
Drivers can avoid the toll gate if they use the bridges at the 7th Interchange, as well as Al Yalayis and Al Asayel roads, according to Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
Not only will the Jebel Ali Salik gate alleviate traffic congestion, but the new toll gate is estimated to generate an extra AED 300 million in annual revenues, which will be added to the already AED 2 billion that is generated by Dubai's Salik gates.