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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ROADS, TUNNELS AND BRIDGES

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

Highway expansion contract signed

Posted on 04/02/2006

Al Ain Municipality has contracted an international consultant to manage the expansion and upgrade of the strategic Al-Ain-Al Wagn-Al Goa highway. Under-Secretary of Al Ain Municipality, Engineer Ahmed Mohamed Shareef, who signed the contract, said the consultancy firm will help the Municipality in management of the Dh540 million project, encompassing four contracts being implemented by four national companies. The 100-km project, which has been approved by Abu Dhabi Executive Council, is part ...  >>MORE

Three-tier interchange eases woes of motorists

Posted on 29/01/2006

Motorists in Dubai are jubilant at the opening of new interchange and access roads near Internet City on Sheikh Zayed Road. The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) yesterday opened its newest road project called the Jumeirah Palm Island Road Corridor and Access Project. "The new three-level-interchange and access roads project will mainly serve the traffic movement between Emirates Road, Al Khail Road, Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Sufouh Road," said Engineer Maitha Bin Adai, Director, Roads ...  >>MORE

Hamdan inks Dh328 million road contracts for remote regions

Posted on 31/12/2005

Minister of Public Works and Chairman of the Executive Committee for Remote Areas' Public Projects Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan has signed two contracts worth Dh 328 million for building roads in northern emirates. Dr. Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Assistant Under Secretary for Public Works Ministry for Technical Affairs, told a press conference today the first project will cost Dh 230 million and link three centres in Fujairah with Ras Al Khaimah while the second Dh 98 million-project will link ...  >>MORE

Mohammed approves Dh35 million foot bridges project

Posted on 31/12/2005

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, UAE Defence Minister and Chairman of Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (DRTA) has given the green light for the commence of the third phase for construction of a number of pedestrian bridges in some of the busiest junctions of the emirate. The new bridges will be built at Abu Hail Street, close to the Grand Mosque, Al Nahda street near Union Co-operative Society, Abu Baker Al Siddique Street near Al Gaz Mosque, Al Maktoum ...  >>MORE

Garhoud bridge to get 14 lanes

Posted on 07/11/2005

As part of efforts to ease traffic congestion in the city a new bridge will be constructed over Dubai Creek while Emirates Road will be widened into a five-lane highway. The new projects are part of Dubai Municipality's five-year plan to ensure smooth traffic flow. The bridge between Al Maktoum Bridge and Al Shindagha Tunnel will link Omar Bin Al Khattab Road in Deira to Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road in Bur Dubai. Construction of another bridge replacing the existing Al Garhoud Bridge will ...  >>MORE

23km Dubai outer bypass road to ease traffic congestion

Posted on 18/10/2005

Dubai Municipality will construct an outer bypass road linking the Dubai-Al Ain Road with the Jebel Lehab Road. The construction on the 23-km four-lane dual carriageway, which will start in two months, is expected to be completed within two years. The new road will contribute to reduce traffic congestion on other roads of the emirate by providing a viable alternative to motorists travelling between emirates. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Dh2b projects to help ease Sharjah traffic problems

Posted on 05/10/2005

An official from the emirate's tourist authority has said the heavy traffic witnessed in the emirate should soon ease thanks to government projects. He said traffic congestion did hamper tourism to a certain extent, but that government projects were now keeping pace with the phenomenal growth in traffic. The tourist official said Sharjah government last year gave a commitment of Dh2 billion for infrastructure in the emirate. "The opening of the Ring Road has eased traffic to an extent," he ...  >>MORE

Sharjah interchange opens to motorists this week

Posted on 03/10/2005

Residents of Sharjah who drive to Dubai daily will be relieved to know that the Ittihad Interchange will open to traffic this week. The interchange has been renamed Khulafa Ar Rashideen, and the section that connects to Al Khan Street expected to carry the bulk of the traffic will be opened later this week, according to the Sharjah Public Works Department. A small section accessing the Al Majaz area has already been opened. The Dh33 million cloverleaf interchange is part of the emirate's plans ...  >>MORE

Plan to ease traffic on Al Ittihad Road

Posted on 28/09/2005

The Dubai Municipality has embarked on a mega-project to ease traffic on Al Ittihad Road, the main link between Sharjah and Dubai. The plan aims to ensure smooth traffic flow, especially between Al Nahda Interchange (Al Mulla Plaza roundabout) and the Airport Interchange (near Deira City Centre) the most congested part of the road where massive traffic jams build up during peak hours. The project involves upgrading Al Nahda roundabout into an intersection with traffic lights. The tunnel at ...  >>MORE

New interchange to ease Al Wahda traffic congestion

Posted on 17/09/2005

Sharjah is to get a new interchange at King Faisal Square on Al Wahda Street to ease traffic congestion in one of the emirate's busiest intersections. The interchange will replace the existing flyover on the King Faisal Square, commonly known as Mothercat Roundabout. Construction of the interchange is part of Sharjah's bigger plan to ease traffic flow on Al Wahda Street, the main city artery, and adjoining roads. The directorate started the construction of Al Khan Interchange on Al Wahda ...  >>MORE

Work on major roads in Abu Dhabi begins

Posted on 17/08/2005

Abu Dhabi has embarked on maintenance works on major roads in the city. The maintenance work began with the re-tarring of the Hamdan Street-East Road (extension of Muroor Road) intersection near Hamdan Centre. Sections of these roads at the intersection were closed from yesterday morning with work being carried out at great speed to help open them up for traffic at the earliest. According to the Traffic Technical Section, the roads will be open to traffic on Saturday. The Traffic Department ...  >>MORE

Hamdan approves Al Awir road expansion project

Posted on 08/08/2005

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler, Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, has approved projects worth Dh68.17 million that include expansion of Al Awir Road into four lanes on both directions and setting up a waste landfill site in Warsan. According to Mattar Al Tayer, Deputy Director General of Dubai Municipality, the Dhs60.3 million Al Awir Road Expansion project would ensure smooth traffic in this arterial road which is used by a large ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to have new tunnels worth Dh621 million

Posted on 08/08/2005

The department of Municipalities and Agriculture - Abu Dhabi Municipality- has embarked on measures to execute three new tunnels along Al Salam street at a total cost of Dh 621 million. The project will take four years to complete and is aimed at easing traffic jams in Abu Dhabi city. The three tunnels will span 3,200 meters in their entirety. Extending about 1100 metres, the first tunnel, which starts from the Mina Street- Salaam Street intersection and passes underneath Hamdan- Zayed 1st ...  >>MORE

Hamdan approves projects worth Dh68 million

Posted on 01/08/2005

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, has approved road projects worth Dhs68 million including construction of new roads in Al Khawaneej and Al Warqa 4 and seven new pedestrian bridges in different parts of the city. According to Mattar Al Tayer, Deputy Director General of Dubai Municipality, the new projects would further contributing towards enhancing road safety and ensuring smooth traffic in ...  >>MORE

Hamdan approves Sheikh Zayed Road expansion

Posted on 31/07/2005

A fifth lane will be added on both sides of Sheikh Zayed Road from World Trade Centre to Al Manara Interchange, in order to ease traffic flow, an official at the Dubai Municipality said yesterday. Addition of the fifth lane is part of the Municipality's bigger project, which also includes construction of a fourth lane under the trade centre underpass and some alteration at the underpass leading towards Umm Hurair Road towards Al Maktoum Bridge. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality to complete Dh1.8 billion Ras Al Khor road projects on time

Posted on 25/07/2005

Dubai Municipality has divided the Dh 1.85 billion Ras Al Khor road network projects into six contracts n order to speed up implementation of the largest road project currently being undertaken in the Emirate. The move comes in line with directives from General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, UAE Minister of Defence and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council. The project involves a fourth crossing over Dubai Creek and a an express highway from the First ...  >>MORE

Jumeirah Road to get two more lanes

Posted on 18/07/2005

"We have already started working on adding one more lane on each side of the Jumeirah Road turning it into a six-lane road [three on each side] due to increasing rush on the road," said Badr Al Gergawi, head of road construction section at the municipality. He said that widening of the road is part of the Jumeirah Beautification Project which was initiated a couple of months ago. He said the project, which includes widening of the road, construction of new pavements, planting of new trees, ...  >>MORE

New interchange to be built near Dubai Marina

Posted on 18/07/2005

Dubai Municipality will build a new interchange near Dubai Marina, replacing the existing interchange. "The new interchange near Dubai Marina, known as Fifth Interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road, will be built within 20 months at a cost of Dh262 million," said Engineer Mattar Al Tayer, Deputy Director of Dubai Municipality. He said Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry has approved projects worth more than Dh285 million, including a new ...  >>MORE

Khalifa reviews tunnel projects in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 12/07/2005

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan reviewed yesterday designs for building three tunnels in different parts of Abu Dhabi. These projects will span 3,200 meters, starting from the Mina Street to Salaam Street and then to outward the capital. Each tunnel will have three lanes in each side. The Dh 621 million projects will be executed in four years and are expected to facilitate traffic movement and ease traffic jams in Abu Dhabi. The tunnels will be built on the world's highest ...  >>MORE

Hamdan: More bridges and roads planned

Posted on 02/07/2005

The longest and widest tunnel in the Middle East opened to traffic on Thursday. Inaugurating the 1.5 km Dubai International Airport tunnel, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, said: "The tunnel will enhance the road network and reduce traffic congestion in the city. The tunnel built at a cost of Dh686 million connects Al Quds Road and Beirut Road junction on the north side and the Airport Road ...  >>MORE

New 1.5km tunnel aims to ease traffic movement

Posted on 29/06/2005

The widest and longest tunnel in the Middle East opens in Dubai tomorrow. The 1.5 km Dubai International Airport tunnel built at a cost of Dh686 million connects Al Quds Road and Beirut Road junction on the north side and the Airport Road and Nad Al Hamar Road junction on the south side. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, will inaugurate the tunnel. "The tunnel is a new Dubai landmark and will also free up traffic moving from ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler inaugurates new ring carriageway

Posted on 07/06/2005

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated on Monday Phase I of the 19 km-long ring motorway project designed to serve motorists heading to Sharjah from other emirates. The Dh350-million phase I of the road starts from Al Nahda area and ends at the intersection of Wasit fuel station's flyover. Upon the inauguration, Sheikh Sultan and his entourage went for a drive, from the ceremony's site at the end of the Emirates highway between ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi council okays Dh2.2b for Mafraq Road

Posted on 17/05/2005

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council yesterday presided over the regular council meeting. During the meeting, the council approved an allocation of Dh67 million for additional and expansion works at Al Jazeera Football Club in Abu Dhabi. Other allocations included Dh2.2 billion for the development of Mafraq Road up to the border town of Ghuweifat on the ...  >>MORE

Gateway Bridge to The Palm at its final stage of completion

Posted on 27/04/2005

Less than one year after construction began, the 10-lane Gateway Bridge leading to The Palm Jumeirah is more than 80 per cent complete. Its massive size and Arabesque features will form a grand entrance to US$2 billion man-made island due for completion next year. Scheduled for completion in November, the Gateway comprises two five-lane bridges — North Bridge and South Bridge — each 360 metres in length and 26 metres across. They will be linked with Sheikh Zayed Road at the Soufah ...  >>MORE

Uncorking the bottleneck

Posted on 20/03/2005

Work that Abu Dhabi Municipality began on Mussaffah Bridge in 2003 is finished, a senior official said. "For years, the Mussaffah Bridge was a bottleneck for traffic moving between Abu Dhabi Island and areas on the mainland,” says Khalfan Gaith Al Muhairbi, Chairman of the Municipalities and Agriculture Department. "This affected truck traffic, particularly because it was the preferred route for travel to and from the Mussaffah industrial area.” Originally, the bridge was three lanes in ...  >>MORE

New roads, interchanges to link Palm Island

Posted on 22/02/2005

The new network of roads and two interchanges being built at a total cost of Dh611 million will provide access to the Palm Island and the adjoining areas and will be completed by February next year, Qassim Sultan, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said. Sultan said that nearly 30 per cent of the work on the project had already been completed. He said one of the new interchanges would be built in Al Safouh Road consisting fly-overs, tunnels and ring roads that allow free traffic flow ...  >>MORE

New 10-lane bridge over Dubai Creek taking shape

Posted on 13/02/2005

To ease traffic on several of the city's main thoroughfares Dubai Municipality is building a new bridge over the creek. Work on the Dh388 million project began on Thursday. Once completed, Ras Al Khor Bridge will be the third bridge over the creek (the other two are Garghoud Bridge and Maktoum Bridge). The bridge is intended to take the pressure off Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Garhoud Bridge and Maktoum Bridge and the Shindagha tunnel will have five lanes in each direction with an option for a sixth. ...  >>MORE

Hamdan clears drainage projects

Posted on 08/02/2005

Dubai Deputy Ruler, UAE Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved four drainage projects worth Dhs21.5 million that will help enhance the drainage and irrigation network of the emirate and dispose the waste water safely. This was announced by Qassim Sultan, director general of Dubai Municipality, who noted the municipality is currently implementing a five-year strategic plan with the objective of setting up drainage ...  >>MORE

Major Sharjah roads to have new signboards

Posted on 28/01/2005

The Sharjah Town Planning and Survey Department has signed a contract with some specialised companies for designing and installing new signboards at three major roads in Sharjah including the Sharjah-Al Dhaid Road, Sharjah -Kalbaa Road and the Sharjah Ring Road. The project comes in line with the instructions of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The project — which is aimed at helping motorists reach their destinations ...  >>MORE

Traffic flow to ease as new cloverleaf interchange opens

Posted on 26/01/2005

The Al Manara Interchange has opened on Sheikh Zayed Road, making possible smoother traffic flow. The Dh98 million interchange, also known as Interchange No 3, will benefit residential and commercial areas of Al Safa 2, Umm Al Suqueim, Al Quoz Industrial Area and Al Manara, said Badr Al Gergawi, head of the road construction section at the municipality. Al Gergawi said the two-lane directional ramp was constructed to the south of the interchange to enable direct access to the Al Quoz ...  >>MORE

Dh6.5m pedestrian bridge coming up at Zabeel Park

Posted on 10/01/2005

The UAE's first cable-stayed pedestrian bridge is being built at a cost of Dh6.5 million on Sheikh Zayed Road. "The elegant span and pylon of the first cable-stayed bridge in the UAE will add a new landmark to the skyline of Dubai," said Badr Al Gergawi, head of the roads construction section at Dubai Municipality. The new bridge, which is part of the Zabeel Technology Park project, will connect two sections of the new Zabeel Park. Four other bridges at a cost of Dh17.5 million are being ...  >>MORE

Traffic toll to access Dubai from 2006

Posted on 03/01/2005

Motorists driving to Dubai from Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and neighbouring emirates will have to pay a traffic toll from early next year. Construction of the tollgate network will start in April and will be ready by January 2006, a source from Dubai Municipality told "Gulf News.” The municipality is expected to generate between Dh300 million and Dh400 million a year from the toll system. The tollgates will be installed on all roads leading to Dubai from Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, Gulf News has learnt. ...  >>MORE

Hamdan approves pedestrian crossings project

Posted on 26/12/2004

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, approved yesterday, in his capacity as Chairman of Dubai Municipality, a tender for building a number of pedestrian crossings at Al Wasel area at a total cost of Dh 30.6 million. Director of Dubai Municipality Qasim Sultan said the scope of the project's works involves improvement and expansion of the existing roads, execution of pedestrian crossings, parking lots, electrification and sewerage ...  >>MORE

‘Third Interchange will be ready by end of January’

Posted on 25/12/2004

All works of the Third Interchange (Al Manara Interchange) on Shaikh Zayed Road would be completed by the end of next month, Badr Al Gergawi, Head of Roads Construction Section at the municipality, said. Once opened, traffic is expected to be much smoother on this part of the arterial road of the city, with the addition of a fifth lane, Al Gergawi said. The municipality began the project in October last year, and the works involved building a new full cloverleaf junction, with all its loops ...  >>MORE

Construction of causeway between Abu Dhabi and Qatar agreed

Posted on 22/12/2004

Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiya, GCC Secretary General announced yesterday in a joint press conference with Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Bahraini Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister at the end of the GCC Summit that the UAE and Qatar have agreed construction of a causeway that will link Abu Dhabi with Qatar. For his part, Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak said that the implementation of the bridge between Qatar and Bahrain will begin soon, following completion of necessary studies and the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah will spend Dh100 million on road maintenance

Posted on 20/12/2004

A project for maintaining the roads in Sharjah is expected to be initiated by Sharjah Municipality at a cost of Dh100 million. According to municipal officials, the project, expected to finish during four years, would contribute to improving the roads network in Sharjah to keep pace with the emirate's growth and expansion, according to a report in Sharjah Municipality has also embarked on constructing a comprehensive roads and sewerage network in the internal areas of Sharjah City, officials ...  >>MORE

Longest tunnel in the Mideast to be completed soon

Posted on 16/11/2004

Work on the Middle East's longest tunnel, being carried out around the Dubai International Airport since March last year, is well over the half way mark, and is expected to be complete within the next four months. The Dh686 million road network project, which includes the building of the 1.6 km-long tunnel, is part of Dubai Municipality's moves to facilitate smoother traffic flow on the emirate's roads. Being constructed in five phases, the project will serve traffic resulting from the ...  >>MORE

New roads will solve Sharjah's traffic problems in two years

Posted on 30/10/2004

Traffic in Sharjah will ease and services will improve during the next two years when road construction finishes, the Sharjah Consultative Council heard yesterday. A Dh1.4 billion road project was announced by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, at the Sharjah Consultative Council session. Four major roads will be built in the next two years to deal with the growing traffic problem in the emirate. They include the Dh303 ...  >>MORE

Work on Ras Al Khor project to begin on Dec.1

Posted on 30/10/2004

Work on the Dh425 million first phase of the Ras Al Khor corridor, tenders for which were opened last week, is expected to begin on December 1, according to the Road Department of Dubai Municipality. The first phase of the project includes construction of the 12-lane and non-open span Ras Al Khor Bridge, and the digging of a tunnel on the intersection of Al Rabat Road and Marrakesh Road. The works are expected to be completed by September of 2006. The expansion of Rabat Road to six lanes in ...  >>MORE

Corniche road expansion

Posted on 16/10/2004

Corniche Road gets final touches: Workers fix a fence on a road divider on the new Corniche Road in Abu Dhabi which will be opened to the public shortly. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

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Dh2bn road improvements set to begin in four weeks


Highway expansion contract signed


Three-tier interchange eases woes of motorists


Hamdan inks Dh328 million road contracts for remote regions


Mohammed approves Dh35 million foot bridges project


Garhoud bridge to get 14 lanes


23km Dubai outer bypass road to ease traffic congestion


Dh2b projects to help ease Sharjah traffic problems


Sharjah interchange opens to motorists this week


Plan to ease traffic on Al Ittihad Road


New interchange to ease Al Wahda traffic congestion


Work on major roads in Abu Dhabi begins


Hamdan approves Al Awir road expansion project


Abu Dhabi to have new tunnels worth Dh621 million


Hamdan approves projects worth Dh68 million


Hamdan approves Sheikh Zayed Road expansion


Dubai Municipality to complete Dh1.8 billion Ras Al Khor road projects on time


Jumeirah Road to get two more lanes


New interchange to be built near Dubai Marina


Khalifa reviews tunnel projects in Abu Dhabi


Hamdan: More bridges and roads planned


New 1.5km tunnel aims to ease traffic movement


Sharjah Ruler inaugurates new ring carriageway


Abu Dhabi council okays Dh2.2b for Mafraq Road


Gateway Bridge to The Palm at its final stage of completion


Uncorking the bottleneck


New roads, interchanges to link Palm Island


New 10-lane bridge over Dubai Creek taking shape


Hamdan clears drainage projects


Major Sharjah roads to have new signboards


Traffic flow to ease as new cloverleaf interchange opens


Dh6.5m pedestrian bridge coming up at Zabeel Park


Traffic toll to access Dubai from 2006


Hamdan approves pedestrian crossings project


‘Third Interchange will be ready by end of January’


Construction of causeway between Abu Dhabi and Qatar agreed


Sharjah will spend Dh100 million on road maintenance


Longest tunnel in the Mideast to be completed soon


New roads will solve Sharjah's traffic problems in two years


Work on Ras Al Khor project to begin on Dec.1


Corniche road expansion