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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ROADS, TUNNELS AND BRIDGES

UAE-Qatar causeway to cost US$13b

Posted on 14/02/2008

The proposed causeway linking Abu Dhabi with Doha in Qatar may cost about US$13 billion, London-based MEED magazine reported, citing a consultant that could be involved in the project. Mohammad Ali, regional adviser with Denmark's Cow, said the latest design envisages linking the two cities via a 65 kilometre bridge across the Gulf, MEED said. Cowi is likely to be involved in the project as a consultant. It is already involved in a project to build a causeway between Qatar and Bahrain, the MEED ...  >>MORE

Taskforce to ensure swift construction of Dh1.2 billion Dubai-Fujairah highway

Posted on 05/02/2008

A high technical and engineering taskforce was set up by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works, to oversee implementation of the Dubai-Al Fujairah highway. Team leader Ibrahim Wahabi said the move was to ensure construction of the vital project at bar with the highest international quality standards and best practices within the projected cost and time. 'The Dh1.2 billion road is part of a series of strategic projects to complete the federal road network ......it will ...  >>MORE

Dh3b arch-bridge will be sixth Dubai Creek crossing

Posted on 30/01/2008

Dubai will have a landmark bridge over the creek linking new residential and commercial development projects in the city. Construction on a new bridge called the Sixth Crossing will start in March this year and is expected to be complete in 2012. "The project, the biggest ever single road project launched by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), also include new road developments with 12km new roads and 22 intersections in the surrounding areas," said Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the ...  >>MORE

Dh224b Arabian Canal to reshape New Dubai

Posted on 10/10/2007

The city yesterday unveiled a 75-km canal that will reshape the southern part of Dubai and transform the massive Jebel Ali landmass into an island. Dubai's latest mega-project, Arabian Canal, will be one of the world's biggest and most expensive engineering feats, costing US$61 billion (about Dh224 billion). The giant project will be built in two parts - an US$11 billion, 75km canal which will snake from the Palm Jebel Ali to the Palm Jumeirah and a US$50 billion "city within a city" that will ...  >>MORE

New Garhoud bridge to be opened by mid-December with eight lanes

Posted on 02/10/2007

The new Al Garhoud bridge will be opened partially in December to ease traffic congestion, said a senior official. The new Al Garhoud Bridge will have a capacity for 16,000 vehicles per hour. It will have seven lanes from Bur Dubai to Deira and six lanes (expandable to seven in future) from Deira to Bur Dubai. The existing Al Garhoud Bridge has a capacity of only 8,000 cars per hour. The cost of the project, which started in February 2006, is Dh415 million. Its total length is 520 metres. It ...  >>MORE

Garhoud bridge will handle 16,000 vehicles an hour

Posted on 25/09/2007

The new Al Garhoud bridge, which is set to open in March next year, will be capable of handling 16,000 vehicles per hour, said a senior official. Maitha Obaid Bin Udai, Chief Executive Officer of the Traffic and Roads Agency at the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, said 76 per cent of construction work on the new Al Garhoud bridge has been completed. The cost of the project, which started in February 2006, is Dh415 million. The new bridge will replace the existing Al Garhoud bridge. The ...  >>MORE

Dubai's traffic woes inspire website founder

Posted on 15/09/2007

The lack of traffic awareness and road courtesy has prompted a young Emirati man to tap into the internet to convey safe driving tips to the public. Hasan Al Za'abi of Dubai Police's Traffic Department has launched a website that features a forum for people to discuss traffic-related issues. The website www.fzaa3team.net, is getting popular among Emiratis and other Arab nationals due to the variety of traffic-related topics and issues posted in the forum. Al Za'abi said he first ...  >>MORE

Footbridges on way to protect walkers

Posted on 19/08/2007

By the end of three years, the city will have 92 pedestrian crossings to minimise deaths by run-over accidents. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), on Saturday approved the construction of 12 pedestrian crossings at a cost of Dh58 million. "These crossings will be constructed at a number of locations that witness intensive movement of pedestrians ... as well as spots recording high percentage of run-over accidents," said ...  >>MORE

Floating bridge completed in just 300 days

Posted on 21/07/2007

Project staff who helped complete the floating bridge in record time of 300 days were honoured by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman and Executive Director of the RTA said, "We were racing against time to inaugurate the bridge and help alleviate traffic congestion on Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud Bridges." He said the floating bridge consists of three lanes on each direction and has a capacity of 3,000 vehicles in each direction in the morning and evening peak ...  >>MORE

Pontoon will ease Maktoum bridge traffic

Posted on 17/07/2007

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated three major projects. The Dh300 million ventures include the new floating bridge linking the two banks of Dubai Creek, the waterbus project and the new articulated buses. These projects are aimed at improving Dubai's road, traffic and transport services to cope with the city's rapid growth. Sheikh Mohammad attended a ceremony organised by the Dubai Roads and Transport ...  >>MORE

RTA Awards Dh289 million contract for Bypass Road

Posted on 21/06/2007

Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a Dh289 million contract for Phase III of Dubai bypass road. The project has strategic significance in linking the Northern Emirates with Abu Dhabi without passing through Dubai Downtown. In the implementation of the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to expedite the execution of the projects that serve the vital urban and development projects, the Board ...  >>MORE

Preparations underway to operate Salik on July 1st

Posted on 04/06/2007

The Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, is finalising the installation process of the toll gates at Garhoud Bridge and Sheikh Zayed Road near Mall of the Emirates. Yesterday, the toll gate at Garhoud Bridge, Sharjah direction, was installed and is scheduled to be activated July 1, according to Engineer Maitha Bin Adai, CEO of the RTA. RTA is currently installing the second toll gate at Garhoud Bridge, Dubai direction, to be followed by the installation of the toll gates near the Mall of the ...  >>MORE

No such thing as a bridge too far

Posted on 10/05/2007

More details have been announced about a plan by the Roads and Transport Authority to make Dubai more pedestrian-friendly. The Dh70 million blueprint, which was officially announced in August last year, will see 17 new pedestrian bridges built in the city in 2008. Seven of the bridges are being constructed at the moment, the authority said. Some of the new bridges will be air-conditioned and will have electric elevators. Another boost to the city's pedestrian infrastructure will come when ...  >>MORE

Dubai Creek link to sea approved

Posted on 20/04/2007

The Dubai Creek extension up to the Arabian Gulf via Business Bay will provide an alternative transport route for residents and tourists. "The canal will be part of Dubai's ambitious plan for water transport, as it will be used by private boats as well as ferries for public transport. "Passengers will be able to take water transport from the Dubai Creek to reach Business Bay, Jumeirah, Al Wasl or Sheikh Zayed Road," said Engineer Mattar Al Tayer, Chief Executive Officer and Executive ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to expand Emirates and Al Ittihad roads

Posted on 12/04/2007

The Sharjah government has decided to expand Emirates Road and Al Ittihad Road - major highways linking Sharjah with Dubai- to ease traffic congestion. "We will expand Emirates Road from the existing three to four lanes within the Sharjah borders, in addition to improving Al Ittihad Road and King Faisal Road," said Salah Butti Obaid Bin Butti, Director General of Sharjah Town Planning and Survey Department (STPS) and Member of the Sharjah Executive Council. Butti held a detailed meeting ...  >>MORE

Emirates Road to be expanded to 12 lanes

Posted on 03/04/2007

Emirates Road is being turned into a 12-lane highway to cope with the increasing traffic congestion on the road, said a senior official at the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The 35-km stretch of the highway between Sharjah-Dubai borders and Arabian Ranches roundabout will be expanded from the existing three lanes to six lanes on each direction. The RTA had earlier planned to expand the road to five-lane dual carriageway. "We have modified the project and now instead of ...  >>MORE

Dubai roads to grow into greener routes, says RTA

Posted on 29/03/2007

As much as Dh170 million is to be spent landscaping 45 roads, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced. Work is already under way in some areas of the city, which are set to turn greener and more colourful by the end of this year. Among them are the Ras Al Khor Bridge – also known as Business Bay Bridge – Nad Al Hammar Road and Interchange Three on Sheikh Zayed Road. The floating bridge over Dubai Creek, set to open in June, will also have picturesque landscaping by the end ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid opens phase 1 of Business Bay crossing

Posted on 14/03/2007

H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai yesterday opened the first phase of Business Bay Crossing. Once completed, 13-lane crossing linking Deira with Bur Dubai, will have 13 lanes both ways. Sheikh Mohammed crossed the 15-meter high bridge. He also toured the comprehensive corridors of the new network of crossings, being implemented by Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA). He also inspected works on the two banks of Dubai creek. ...  >>MORE

Sharjah's new interchange opens up more routes

Posted on 01/03/2007

The King Faisal Interchange opened yesterday to motorists, providing much needed alternative routes to various parts of the city. The interchange is located at the intersection of King Faisal and Al Wahda Roads and consists of three lanes in two directions, which connects Sharjah with the Industrial Areas and Dubai. It was built to ease heavy traffic congestion during peak hours on Al Wahda and King Faisal Road. Motorists will now be able to cross over Al Wahda Road and drive on to ...  >>MORE

Work begins on Al Ittihad expressway

Posted on 27/02/2007

Commuting between Dubai and Sharjah will be much easier once the expressway between the two emirates is ready by the end of 2008, said a senior official from the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The work on the project to convert Al Ittihad Road into an expressway has started. First part of the project is the construction of a multi-tier interchange on Al Qiyadah Intersection (known as Galadari intersection) - one of the major bottlenecks motorists face while travelling between ...  >>MORE

Dh9b spent on road improvement projects in Dubai

Posted on 18/02/2007

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority last year launched 24 projects at a cost of Dh9 billion which include new roads, bridges, tunnels and interchanges to ease traffic congestion. The projects to curb increasing traffic jams were launched in line with directives from His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA said that these projects were ...  >>MORE

Pedestrian paradise planned along Dubai Creek

Posted on 07/02/2007

Dubai Creekside is set to be a pedestrian paradise once a double deck walkway project is complete, said a senior official. Dubai Municipality is planning to build a huge elevated platform along Dubai Creek over parking areas and roads on Baniyas Street in Deira. The 1.7 km long double deck walkway will be built on a stretch between Dubai Municipality and Dubai Municipality Library on the Baniyas Road. It will be 100 metres wide from the Municipality office to Sabkha Abra Station and its ...  >>MORE

Maktoum bridge to be expanded

Posted on 05/02/2007

Motorists using Maktoum Bridge will face less traffic congestion in future as the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have decided to expand the bridge. "Two lanes will be added to the bridge from Deira to Bur Dubai side by using space left between both directions of the bridge," said Matter Al Thayer, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive of the RTA. Al Thayer said the a new 500 metre strip would be added to the existing width of the bridge once the existing gap in the centre of ...  >>MORE

Dh732m new road projects in Sharjah to start soon

Posted on 08/01/2007

Work on the second phase of the King Abdul Aziz Street and the fifth phase of Al Wahda Street development will start soon, at a total cost of Dh732 million. The fifth phase of Wahda Street development would involve the stretch between King Abdul Aziz Street and Waset Street, and includes four junctions. The three-year project has an estimated cost of Dh477 million, and includes a number of bridges and tunnels, which would enable motorists drive through Sharjah from Etihad Road to Dhaid Road ...  >>MORE

Makeover plans for Al Ain-Dubai Road

Posted on 08/01/2007

The Al Ain Municipality has launched a project to widen and upgrade the busy Al Ain-Dubai Road into a four-lane dual carriage expressway to handle the growing traffic. The existing road in Al Ain is a two-lane dual carriageway extending from Al Hilli Roundabout to Al Faqaa at the border with Dubai. The 53-km stretch of the road was one of the first highways in the country that was constructed decades ago. The road is a three-lane dual carriage way in Dubai from Al Faqaa onwards. A foreign ...  >>MORE

TDIC awards Dh671m Saadiyat Bridge contract

Posted on 11/12/2006

Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) has awarded a Dh671 million construction contract for the 10-lane Saadiyat Bridge highway to a joint venture between German project construction powerhouse ED Zublin AG and UAE contracting firm Saif Bin Darwish. The award took place in the face of fierce competition from other international short listed bids from the Korea-UAE joint venture Samsung and Al Jaber and the Japanese-Turkish joint venture Taisei-Nurol. Construction ...  >>MORE

Design completed for 2 major interchange projects in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 10/12/2006

Design has been completed and contractors have been invited to tender for a major interchange project on Al Salam Street. The project consists of two interchanges located at the intersections of Hazaa' Bin Zayed Street (A.K.A Difa'a Street) and at the Sea Palace that will replace existing intersection configurations. These two new interchanges are the first step in upgrading Al Salam Street-Eastern Corniche Road into an access-controlled freeway. "Al Salam Street is one of three main ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed Road - one of the most important highways

Posted on 11/10/2006

Sheikh Zayed Road, which has five lanes on each side with a barrier in between, stretches 55km from the Dubai World Trade Centre roundabout to the border of Abu Dhabi. Nearly 27 kms of the road was constructed through two major projects in 1993 and 1998. The Sheikh Zayed Road is one of the most important highways, meeting other main roads such as Al Ain Road, Hatta Road, Emirates Road, Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road and other arterial and main roads. With 13 interchanges to ease traffic flow, on peak ...  >>MORE

Road projects worth Dh772m to begin next month in Dubai

Posted on 28/09/2006

Work on two important road projects in Dubai worth Dh772 million – the upgrade of Interchange I on Sheikh Zayed Road, and the construction of a floating bridge over Dubai Creek – is set to start next month, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced yesterday. The announcement came after His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, approved the contracts for the two projects. The upgrade of Interchange ...  >>MORE

Hili entry point opens for passengers

Posted on 17/09/2006

The Ministry of Interior said yesterday that passengers travelling to and from Oman can use the new exit/entry post of Hili on the UAE-Omani border. "Tentative entry and exits procedures began yesterday in Hili in Al Ain City along the UAE-Omani border. GCC nationals can travel via this point , using ID cards, while expatriates can be allowed only if they hold valid resident visas in UAE or Oman", said an official source at the Ministry of Interior. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

13% construction work complete on New Al Garhoud bridge

Posted on 29/08/2006

The new 13-lane Al Garhoud Bridge will help drastically reduce traffic congestion, as it will handle 16,000 vehicles per hour, said a senior official. he existing six-lane bridge accommodates less than 9,000 vehicles per hour leaving long traffic jams on Sheikh Rashid and Sheikh Zayed roads. Sheikh Zayed Road now has 10 lanes. hen the new bridge is completed, the present Al Garhoud Bridge will be dismantled. The number of lanes over the Creek will increase to 38 in 2007 and to 45 in 2008. ...  >>MORE

New maps installed in Al Ain showing important city places

Posted on 16/08/2006

The planning and land survey section of Al Ain Department of Municipalities and Agriculture has fixed 21 new map-signboards in Al Ain City. Speaking to Khaleej Times, an official from the civic body said that the move is the first phase of a project that will cover all 97 quarters of Al Ain City. "We have already put two new map-signboards at the entrance of Al Jahili Area; one in Al Qal'a Quarter and the other in Al Masaqy Quarter. In addition, 19 map-signboards were put at Al Ain ...  >>MORE

Dh70m safety plan for pedestrians unveiled

Posted on 09/08/2006

At least 45 pedestrians' blackspots have been identified in Dubai. Sheikh Zayed Road has been declared the most dangerous road for pedestrians as 23 people lost their lives while crossing it during 2005. In a bid to ensure pedestrian safety the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is planning to upgrade existing crossing facilities in addition to building new pedestrian overpasses. Its Dh70 million pedestrian safety plan will include 17 new overpasses, seven signal crossings and four flat ...  >>MORE

Dubai-Sharjah expressway construction set to begin

Posted on 02/08/2006

Motorists commuting between Dubai and Sharjah have reason to smile, as construction work on the expansion of Al Ittihad Road, the most congested highway between the two emirates, will start within a few months. Al Ittihad Road, which is used by more than 200,000 vehicles per day, will be turned into an expressway from the Sharjah-Dubai border to Al Garhoud Bridge. Construction of the 7.5 km stretch of Al Ittihad Road project will cost Dh700 million. (Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Biggest interchange launched

Posted on 21/06/2006

A three-level interchange with 13 bridges will be built on Emirates Road at the roundabout linking Dubailand, the Autodrome and Arabian Ranches. The interchange, deemed the biggest in the UAE, will cost Dh409 million. Construction work on the project started on June 7 and it will finish by June 2008. His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the construction of two major road projects worth Dh600 ...  >>MORE

Two more bridges by 2009 to ease Dubai traffic

Posted on 08/06/2006

Two new bridges, deemed as city landmarks, will be built over Dubai Creek as part of Roads and Transport Authority's plans to ease traffic congestion. The bridges, which will cost Dh1 billion, will have 24 lanes altogether. The existing crossings have 19 lanes. One of them, Al Shindagah Bridge, will be built next to Al Shindagah tunnel while the second bridge will connect Omar Bin Khattab Road in Deira to Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road in Bur Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al ...  >>MORE

Dh81.5m floating bridge to be ready in March

Posted on 30/05/2006

A floating bridge, first of its kind in the region, will be built over Dubai Creek as part of the government's 'quick solution' plans to ease traffic congestion in the city. The 300-metre-long bridge, which will have three lanes on each direction, will cost Dh81.5million. It will be built with 20-metre wide hollow concrete blocks that will float on the water. Construction will start in September and it will be ready in March 2007. The holding capacity of the bridge will be 3,000 vehicles ...  >>MORE

Sharjah unveils road project to smooth traffic flow

Posted on 28/03/2006

To improve traffic flow and ease bottlenecks throughout the emirate, Sharjah yesterday announced an ambitious Dh2.1 billion road development project which will be completed by 2010. The new system, which envisages free-flowing traffic across the city, is aimed at removing all traffic lights and roundabouts, while widening bridges and underpasses, with cloverleaf transit points at key arterial nodes. The project is carried out as per the directions of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin ...  >>MORE

Expressway to ease Dubai-Sharjah chaos

Posted on 20/03/2006

The long-awaited project to ease traffic congestion on Dubai's most congested road Al Ittihad Road between Sharjah and Dubai was launched yesterday. Construction of the Dh700 million project will start in two months and will be completed in two years. The improvement and expansion of Al Ittihad Road, which is used by more than 8,000 vehicles per hour commuting between the two emirates, covers a 7.5km stretch starting from Dubai-Sharjah border up to Al Garhoud Bridge in Dubai. It will be ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed road expansion by July

Posted on 08/03/2006

The expansion of the Sheikh Zayed Road to a five-lane highway will be completed in July, the Roads and Transport Authority said on Tuesday. A Dh82.5 million project is under way to add a fifth lane on both sides of Sheikh Zayed Road from the World Trade Centre to the Al Manara Interchange in a bid to ease traffic congestion in the area. Two more lanes will also be added between Sheikh Zayed Road to Sheikh Rashid Road (from the World Trade Centre to Zabeel Interchange), which is one of the ...  >>MORE

Dh2bn road improvements set to begin in four weeks

Posted on 17/02/2006

Construction work on road projects worth Dh2 billion is set to start in a month's time, said Mattar Al Tayer, the Chairman and Executive Director of Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority. Those projects have already been revealed but an additional Dh1.5bn will also be pumped into future infrastructure projects that are expected to be unveiled next month, he added. Al Tayer said all this will add up to a massive improvement for motorists in the city. "Within one year you would see an ...  >>MORE

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UAE-Qatar causeway to cost US$13b


Taskforce to ensure swift construction of Dh1.2 billion Dubai-Fujairah highway


Dh3b arch-bridge will be sixth Dubai Creek crossing


Dh224b Arabian Canal to reshape New Dubai


New Garhoud bridge to be opened by mid-December with eight lanes


Garhoud bridge will handle 16,000 vehicles an hour


Dubai's traffic woes inspire website founder


Footbridges on way to protect walkers


Floating bridge completed in just 300 days


Pontoon will ease Maktoum bridge traffic


RTA Awards Dh289 million contract for Bypass Road


Preparations underway to operate Salik on July 1st


No such thing as a bridge too far


Dubai Creek link to sea approved


Sharjah to expand Emirates and Al Ittihad roads


Emirates Road to be expanded to 12 lanes


Dubai roads to grow into greener routes, says RTA


Mohammed bin Rashid opens phase 1 of Business Bay crossing


Sharjah's new interchange opens up more routes


Work begins on Al Ittihad expressway


Dh9b spent on road improvement projects in Dubai


Pedestrian paradise planned along Dubai Creek


Maktoum bridge to be expanded


Dh732m new road projects in Sharjah to start soon


Makeover plans for Al Ain-Dubai Road


TDIC awards Dh671m Saadiyat Bridge contract


Design completed for 2 major interchange projects in Abu Dhabi


Sheikh Zayed Road - one of the most important highways


Road projects worth Dh772m to begin next month in Dubai


Hili entry point opens for passengers


13% construction work complete on New Al Garhoud bridge


New maps installed in Al Ain showing important city places


Dh70m safety plan for pedestrians unveiled


Dubai-Sharjah expressway construction set to begin


Biggest interchange launched


Two more bridges by 2009 to ease Dubai traffic


Dh81.5m floating bridge to be ready in March


Sharjah unveils road project to smooth traffic flow


Expressway to ease Dubai-Sharjah chaos


Sheikh Zayed road expansion by July


Dh2bn road improvements set to begin in four weeks