5 things Dubai commuters can look forward to in 2018

Posted on Aug 7, 2017 by

’s gets to work on five key congested areas of the city with road improvements to ease traffic – does your commute take you through any of the locations? Here’s what you need to know…

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Dubai commuters are used to regular road congestion and long drives to work, but from the beginning of next year drivers in the emirate will catch a break from traffic.

The city’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has commenced improvement works in five key areas with construction expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2018, all located in densely populated areal all over Dubai.

“[The process] entails carrying out improvements in road network, and introducing quick and medium term solutions for congested traffic spots,” said HE Mattar Al Tayer, RTA Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors.

1. Al Khail Road

In order to increase the capacity of Al Khail Road in the direction of Sharjah in the area between Meydan Road before Dubai Mall Bridge to 1,800 vehicles per hour, a single extra lane will be added to bring the total to four lanes, which will be crucial on those Fridays after payday when the mall rush starts.

 2. Hessa Road

By widening the exit at the intersection of Hessa Road and Al Khail Road to two lanes instead of one, the notorious bottlenecking in the area will be eased. An additional lane will be added to the collector road parallel to Al Khail Road at the intersection with Hessa Road inbound from the Shaikh Zayed Road heading to Sharjah, which will double the capacity from 1,500 vehicles per hour to 3,000 vehicles.

3. Al Mamzar

Residents of Al Mamzar currently have one exit to Al Wuhaida Road, but an additional roundabout on Road 46 will provide an extra exit out of the area, which will impact everyone living in the area as they leave their homes on the morning commute to work.

4. Business Bay

At the fourth site, the RTA plans to widen the intersection of Business Bay Road and Al Saada Road coming from Shaikh Zayed Road from two to three lanes, as well as lengthening the lanes in the process. Al Tayer says these improvements will reduce the crawling traffic so common at this intersection that currently stretches all the way into Shaikh Zayed Road during peak hours.

5. Al Quoz

In the Al Quoz industrial area the RTA is carrying out work at three intersection to increase the number of lanes, and add service roads in key locations to ease traffic flow and, this is key to commuters, get heavy trucks out of the way quicker.

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