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Dubai’s Ambitious Road Project to Transform Commute Experience

DALL·E 2024 01 09 14.24.14 Scenic view of Dubai highways in city areas with fewer buildings. The image showcases a wide highway with multiple lanes flanked by low rise structur

Dubai is set to revolutionize its road infrastructure with a significant new project aimed at slashing commute times between key highways. The Dh332 million initiative will dramatically reduce travel time between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Al Khail Road, enhancing the city’s traffic flow and connectivity.

  1. Umm Suqeim Street Project: This 4.6 km-long project is a major undertaking that includes constructing an 800-meter-long tunnel with four lanes in each direction at the intersection with Al Barsha South Street. This strategic enhancement will significantly reduce travel times, decreasing the journey between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Al Khail Road from 9.7 minutes to just 3.8 minutes. The project aims to increase the capacity of the streets to handle up to 16,000 vehicles per hour in both directions, thereby ensuring a smoother flow of traffic across four major traffic corridors in Dubai: Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Khail Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, and Emirates Road​​.
  2. Impact on Residential Areas: Upon completion, this project will benefit various residential and development areas, including Al Barsha South 1, 2, and 3, and Dubai Hills. These areas collectively house an estimated population of around two million people. The project underscores Dubai’s commitment to improving its infrastructure to keep pace with its sustained growth and to cater to the evolving urban and population needs​​.
  3. Strategic Vision and Previous Developments: The project aligns with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to upgrade the city’s road network infrastructure. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) previously completed the initial phase of the Umm Suqeim Street Project in 2013, which included the construction of two 3-lane bridges and signalized intersections to improve connectivity between Al Quoz and Al Barsha. Additionally, in 2020, RTA opened a central 500-meter bridge at the intersection of Umm Suqeim Street, enhancing access to Dubai Hills and Al Barsha areas​​​​.

This comprehensive project reflects Dubai’s proactive approach to urban planning and development, ensuring that its infrastructure keeps pace with its rapid growth and changing demographics. The focus on reducing commute times and enhancing road capacity will not only improve daily travel for residents but also bolster the city’s overall efficiency and quality of life.

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