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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - ROADS, TUNNELS AND BRIDGES

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

Airport tunnel to be ready by March

Posted on 05/10/2004

The municipality's project to carve a tunnel under Dubai International Airport is expected to be finished by March, said Qasim Sultan, director-general of the municipality. Sultan, who has visited the site, said two-thirds of the Dh686-million project is completed and the remaining work is on schedule. The project consists of a 1.5-km tunnel, constructed by a cut-and-cover method, which will be the largest and widest tunnel of its kind in the Middle East. The tunnel runs along the north ...  >>MORE

Bridge over creek to have 5 lanes

Posted on 06/09/2004

The third bridge over Dubai creek construction of which is set to start by end of this year, will have five lanes on each direction, with option for a sixth lane. Dubai Municipality has finalised the design for the bridge, which would be the fourth crossing on the creek besides Al Garhoud Bridge, Al Maktoum Bridge and the Shindagha Tunnel. The new project would ease traffic on the city's roads and provide an expressway through Dubai for traffic between the various emirates, said Badr Al ...  >>MORE

Digital traffic signs planned for Dubai

Posted on 06/09/2004

The information highway will soon become a reality on the roads of Dubai. The city will enter an era of better-coordinated road management early next year with electronic display signs updating traffic conditions and directing motorists away from congested routes. It is the first venture of its kind in the Middle East and it is seen as a move towards smoother roads and better-informed motorists. It is also expected to reduce the problem of emergency vehicles being delayed on congested roads. ...  >>MORE

Dedicated track for joggers coming up in Al Mamzar

Posted on 04/09/2004

A new jogging track is being built along Al Mamzar Lagoon as part of the municipality's plans to expand recreational facilities. The new two-kilometre long track, which will be laid on the Al Mamzar Lagoon stretch near Al Mamzar Park, will be opened for jogging in February. With the new facility in place, there will be two dedicated jogging tracks in the city. The first was built around Al Safa Park in 2002. The jogging track around Al Safa Park is 3.5-kilometres long and was also made using ...  >>MORE

New 12-lane creek bridge plans unveiled

Posted on 01/09/2004

Driving over the Creek in Dubai will be a painless experience when a bridge from Deira to Bur Dubai is completed at the end of 2006. Construction of the bridge starts at the end of the year. This will be the third bridge connecting the areas on either side of the creek after the Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud bridges. A fourth link is the Al Shindagha Tunnel. The municipality has finalised the plan for what is called the Ras Al Khor Project. It will not be just another bridge crossing the creek, ...  >>MORE

New Abu Dhabi Corniche Road opened

Posted on 25/08/2004

The new Abu Dhabi Corniche road, which is opposite Al Khalidiya area and part of the Corniche beautification project was inaugurated on Tuesday by the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning. The road network included redevelopment of the western section of the Corniche road and creating parking facilities, parks and increasing the traffic lanes from three to four in each direction. The land created between the existing Corniche gardens and the new road was developed into a major ...  >>MORE

Work on longest tunnel in Mideast on schedule

Posted on 21/08/2004

The Dh686 million-road network project under construction around the Dubai International Airport, which also includes building a 1.6 km-long tunnel, is over 52 per cent complete, according to Dubai Municipality's Roads Department. The works on the tunnel, considered the longest and widest tunnel of its kind in the Middle East, had begun last year in March-April, and it is expected to be ready by March 29, next year. Being constructed in five phases the project will serve traffic resulting ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi steps up road network expansion for growing traffic

Posted on 10/08/2004

Road-expansion projects in Abu Dhabi designed to cope with the increased vehicular traffic offers no solution to the chronic parking problem, motorists said. Giant concrete blocks have been placed in the middle of some main streets to the inconvenience of motorists while workers struggle against the heat and humidity to finish the project before the end of the summer holidays. The municipality is taking advantage of the absence of thousands of expatriates who are away on their annual summer ...  >>MORE

Dh33m interchange to replace Al Khan bridge

Posted on 19/07/2004

The 30-year-old 'temporary' Al Khan Bridge will soon be replaced by a Dh33 million cloverleaf interchange. The good news is that the new interchange will allow free flow of traffic in all directions and ease the bottleneck at the Al Khan Roundabout. The bad news is that traffic to and from the city will be badly affected by the construction work which has already begun and is expected to be completed next May. An official from the Directorate of Public Works in Sharjah said the new ...  >>MORE

Hamdan approves Dh 25.6 m tenders for road projects

Posted on 01/04/2004

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance and Industry, has approved two tenders for construction of roads and parkings in the emirate at a total cost of Dh25.6 million. Dubai Municipality Director General Qasim Sultan said the first tender of Dh 11.4 million called for paving roads and building parking lots in different parts of the emirate. The project, he added, would take 8 months to complete. 'The second Dh 14.5 million project included construction of ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum approves Dh21.3 million project

Posted on 24/03/2004

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, has approved a Dhs21.3 million project for carrying out maintenance works of road structures in Dubai. This was announced by Qassim Sultan, Director General of Dubai Municipality, who noted that the project was awarded to a local contracting company with a total contract period of two years. "The project includes the routine, preventive and corrective ...  >>MORE

Shindagha maintenance approved

Posted on 22/03/2004

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of the Dubai Municipality has approved a Dh7.89 project for carrying out maintenance works on Al Shindagha Tunnel. This was announced by Qassim Sultan, Director General of the Dubai Municipality, who noted that the project was awarded to a local contracting company with a total contract period of two years including a week-long mobilisation period. The project involves the routine ...  >>MORE

Work on new bridge to start in September

Posted on 22/03/2004

Work on the new Ras Al Khor Bridge to cross Dubai Creek is expected to begin in September at a cost of Dh450 million. The first phase of the three-stage project will be firmed up in July, said Nasser Ahmed Saeed Director General of the Roads Project Department at Dubai Municipality. Saeed said the bridge, to be built 1.5km west of Garhoud bridge, will significantly reduce traffic congestion. He said a comprehensive study had been carried out on all existing and proposed intersections ...  >>MORE

New Dh635m link to Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/03/2004

A new Dh635 million bridge to improve the flow of traffic to and from Abu Dhabi is in the works. The details of the Sheikh Zayed Bridge or Abu Dhabi Third Crossing were unveiled on the opening day of the International Road Exhibition & Conference (Roadex 2004) yesterday. The bridge will serve as a crucial link between Abu Dhabi city and the highways to other emirates, notably Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The bridge, which is expected to be ready in early 2007, will be the third ...  >>MORE

UAE road infrastructure wins global accolades

Posted on 27/02/2004

The UAE's impressive road infrastructure and related initiatives have won the commendation of a global body. The International Road Federation (IRF), the global industry body yesterday commended the UAE for the rapid growth in its road infrastructure that has experienced a growth rate of 100 per cent over the last six years, a statement from the organisers of Roadex 2004 said ahead of the exhibition. Roadex 2004 takes place in the capital from March 14 to 17. "Everyone is impressed with road ...  >>MORE

Gardens Mall begins work on interchange

Posted on 23/02/2004

The Gardens Shopping Mall, developed by Nakheel, has started construction of a dedicated interchange to provide direct access to the mall. Due to be completed towards the end of this year, the interchange will be located at the north end of the mall between interchanges 5 and 6 on Sheikh Zayed Road. Access will be provided from both the Abu Dhabi and Dubai directions. "Once the mall commences operations the volume of traffic to and from the area will naturally increase substantially. In ...  >>MORE

Work on airport tunnel gathers pace

Posted on 31/12/2003

A mammoth project to carve out a tunnel below the Dubai International Airport is well underway, with more than one fifth of the work already completed. Construction officials say they are delighted with the rate of progress on the 1.5km tunnel, which is being built according to a tight schedule. However, they concede that the internal design of the tunnel will be decided once it is built. The tunnel - the longest and the widest in the Middle East - is expected to become one of the principal ...  >>MORE

22 underpasses nearly ready

Posted on 27/12/2003

Abu Dhabi Municipality's Dh90 million project to build 22 pedestrian underpasses in the capital is nearing completion. The municipality has already completed 16 of them and the remaining six are expected to be completed by January-end. A municipality source said: "Ninety per cent of the work on the remaining underpasses have been completed and the remaining will be completed in no time. Pedestrians could use them immediately on completion of work." Abu Dhabi Municipality said the underpasses ...  >>MORE

Ras Al Khor bridge to ease traffic flow

Posted on 27/10/2003

Work on a fourth Dubai Creek crossing will begin early next year and is expected to cost approximately Dh450 million. According to preliminary studies, construction of the planned bridge at Ras Al Khor will be completed by March 2006. Dubai Municipality's executive council sought a feasibility study of another crossing over the Creek rather than expanding the existing bridges. The bridge, to be built about 1.5km west of Garhoud Bridge, will immensely benefit the road network. Results of the ...  >>MORE

Footbridges at busiest crossings spell end of danger to pedestrians in hurry

Posted on 20/10/2003

Pedestrians will be able to cross five of Dubai's busiest roads more safely in future, thanks to new footbridges coming up at a cost of Dh17.5 million. One of the bridges at Zabeel Park is slated to be the longest in the country and will link the park's two portions. The park itself is under construction. The municipality is studying several designs for the bridge, according to Khalid Mohammed Al Marri, Head of the Roads Construction Section. The pedestrian bridges in Abu Hail and Al ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi begins work on new tunnel

Posted on 28/09/2003

As part of its mega road network projects to ease the current and future projected traffic flow, Abu Dhabi government has begun work on a new 280 metre-long tunnel that will link Abu Dhabi International Airport with Mussafah. The tunnel is being constructed for one-way traffic from the airport to Mussafah, bypassing the Abu Dhabi Bridges Interchange that links Abu Dhabi city, the airport, Mussafah and Al Ain. Traffic flow from Abu Dhabi city and Mussafah towards the airport and Al Ain will ...  >>MORE

Dh286m road works in Dubai nearing completion

Posted on 27/09/2003

As part of its latest development plan, Dubai Municipality is finalising the construction of four road projects in different areas in the emirate at a total cost of Dh286 million. Khalid Khalifa Al Marri, Head of the Roads Construction Section at the Road Department, told Gulf News that the municipality had just finished a Dh55 million roads project in the Zabeel area as part of a series of initiatives carried out ahead of the Dubai 2003 financial meetings. The project began in May 2002 and it ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi braces for traffic chaos

Posted on 27/08/2003

Abu Dhabi is about to be caught off guard by the return of hundreds of thousands of school students to class next week as the city's road network is reeling under heavy construction work that will give rise to a major traffic problem during peak hours. Most of the capital streets have been dug and narrowed to one or even half a lane as part of a major road expansion plan but there was no real traffic problem as schools were shut during summer and most expatriates were abroad for their annual ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi builds tunnels to protect pedestrians

Posted on 23/08/2003

Construction workers armed with giant drillers and heavy bulldozers are racing against time to pierce their way under Abu Dhabi's main streets to build underpasses for pedestrians and cyclists within a plan to reverse an upward trend in road victims. A surge in road casualties over the past few years has prompted authorities to opt for the safer underpasses as road crossings have failed to prevent bloodshed on key roads, mainly because of violation of traffic rules by both motorists and ...  >>MORE

Municipality set to commence work on landmark tunnel beneath airport

Posted on 20/08/2003

Dubai Municipality will start in November construction work on one of the longest and widest tunnels in the Middle East as part of a new Dh686 million-road network around Dubai International Airport. The changes are meant to enable the construction of a tunnel linking Nad Al Hamer and Beirut roads. It is also needed to undertake the work proposed for the Airport's expansion and the expansion of the fuel tanks in the area. The tunnel will be a key landmark of Dubai, he said. It will meet ...  >>MORE

New Sharjah-RAK highway cost pegged at Dh150m

Posted on 04/08/2003

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing has carried out 85 projects for various ministries and federal departments throughout the country with an expenditure of Dh373 million. New schools, government buildings, mosques, law courts and roads are among the developments which have been transforming the landscape throughout the UAE over the last six months - and the building campaign shows no signs of slowing down. The huge expense has been dominated by seven principal building schemes costing ...  >>MORE

Little pain for massive developmental gain

Posted on 27/07/2003

Abu Dhabi city has plunged deeper into disruptive road renovations that now cover almost all its key streets.These renovations are being extended to the main road leading to its international airport and the surrounding areas just at the capital's entrance. They are part of a long-term development strategy stretching until 2020 to enable the city to face a rapid growth in its population and economy and catapult it into the 21st century as a cosmopolitan capital with advanced services and ...  >>MORE

Sharjah ring road phase one on schedule

Posted on 21/07/2003

The work on the massive Sharjah Ring Road project, which began three months ago, is causing further traffic jams as motorists are diverted from the main roads. The main roads in the emirate are Al Arouba, Al Wahda, Wasit and Sharjah-Dhaid Road. These roads, except the Sharjah-Dhaid Road, are part of the Ring Road project. Work on phase one of the project on Al Arouba Road, between Al Khaleej Roundabout and Rashid bin Mohammed Al Khadim Roundabout, will be completed by July 31. It will open ...  >>MORE

Excavation work begins for biggest tunnel in Mideast

Posted on 16/07/2003

Dubai Municipality has begun work to excavate the Beirut Road-Nad Al Hamer Tunnel, which will run beneath the city's International Airport. It will be the longest and widest tunnel in the Middle East, carrying four lanes in each direction, and is part of a new Dh686-million road network around the airport. The construction will be undertaken in five phases, beginning with a 7.5 per cent stretch, during which more than 411,000 cubic metres of soil will be removed. The tunnel will replace ...  >>MORE

Capital to get 22 pedestrian underpasses

Posted on 14/07/2003

A project to build 22 pedestrian underpasses at different locations on main roads in Abu Dhabi will be completed by October next year, according to Abu Dhabi Municipality officials. The Dh90 million project is part of a master plan being carried out by the municipality to ensure the safety of pedestrians. Eight subways have already been completed. Sheikh Mohammed Butti, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department said ...  >>MORE

Work in full swing on Abu Dhabi underpass

Posted on 12/07/2003

When Abu Dhabi city slumbers briefly in the afternoon's peak heat hours, its eastern flank is kept awake by the rumbling bulldozers racing against time to build the country's biggest underpass to replace the azure Gulf water buried by massive mounds of earth over the past months. Sweating under the scorching July sun, bulldozer and lorry workers daily fight against blinding dust and unbearable summer temperatures to complete work on time and produce what will be the longest underpass in the ...  >>MORE

Al Ain department to tag street numbers for better identification

Posted on 24/06/2003

The Town Planning Department is introducing a new street direction and address system in Al Ain to bring the city on par with leading cities worldwide. The system includes newly designed names and streets numbers, communities, districts and plot numbers. The aim of the project is to help residents and visitors easily locate their destinations. The department has recently completed the allotment and posting of new names and numbers all over the city and is now encouraging public, government ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi launches major road expansion projects

Posted on 15/06/2003

Long queues of vehicles have started to choke key streets in Abu Dhabi as many of them have been narrowed down to one lane, while others are blocked and diverted. The objective is not to narrow or close some roads, but rather it is part of a major expansion project launched recently to cope with the city's swelling population and economy. Although it is reputed for its large and neat streets, Abu Dhabi no longer can match the sharp increase in cars, and planners said previous expansion ...  >>MORE

Pedestrian subway opened on Salam road

Posted on 09/06/2003

A new pedestrian subway came into being on the Salam Road as part of a plan to built 22 subways in the capital. The Dh 5 million project, which was built in five months, was inaugurated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti, Ruler's Representative in the Abu Dhabi's Western Region and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department. ' 'The subway, in front of the Department, is part a multi-million master plan to construct 22 subways at different locations on main roads in Abu ...  >>MORE

Longest tunnel in Mideast to come up near Dubai airport

Posted on 09/06/2003

The longest tunnel in the Middle East, at 1.6km long, will be built as part of one of the largest road projects in the emirate of Dubai. The tunnel, planned as part of the Dubai International Airport road expansion project, will replace a portion of Beirut street and will accommodate a huge flow of traffic that will be generated as a result of expansion work at the airport. The cost of construction of the tunnel is estimated at Dh686 million. The tunnel will be made up of four lanes in each ...  >>MORE

Designs finalised for two interchanges

Posted on 28/05/2003

Dubai Municipality has finalised the designs for two interchanges along the Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Safouh Road that will provide access to the Palm Island. Badr Al Gergawi, Head of the Roads Planning Section at the Roads Department, yesterday said tenders were invited for the project, the work on which is expected to start in August and completed in 20 months. The project will include street lighting and landscaping works. He said that the first of the two interchanges would be built ...  >>MORE

Al Maktoum bridge expansion work completed

Posted on 25/05/2003

Al Maktoum Bridge was completely opened to traffic yesterday after the addition of a fifth lane in the Bur Dubai-Deira direction. Matar Al Tayer, Assistant Director General of Roads and General Projects Department at Dubai Municipality, said the expansion of Al Maktoum Bridge is part of municipality's long-term plan to smoothen traffic movement in the emirate. The bridge witnesses heavy traffic during peak hours. Surveys carried out in November 2001 found that peak hour traffic was 8,000 ...  >>MORE

Al Manara Interchange to be replaced

Posted on 19/05/2003

Dubai Municipality has called for the submission of tenders for a multi-million dirham project to replace Al Manara Interchange - Interchange Three on Sheikh Zayed Road - with a network of new flyovers and additional lanes. Eng. Badr Yousuf Al Gergawi, Head of the Road Planning Section, said that the new interchange would be designed to accommodate the projected growth in traffic. The municipality is working to reduce interchange traffic on Sheikh Zayed Road and has carried out a comprehensive ...  >>MORE

Bridge expansion in final stages - official

Posted on 15/05/2003

Dubai Municipality is completing the expansion of Al Maktoum Bridge, which experiences heavy traffic, especially during peak hours. Khalid Mohammed Khalifa Al Marri, Head of the Roads Construction Section, said that structural work, barriers and interlock work have been completed substantially. The remaining work includes asphalting which will be carried out from May 19 to 23. All work will be carried out between midnight and 5am. This week the asphalt on the bridge will be removed and ...  >>MORE

Construction disrupts life in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 04/05/2003

Getting to and from his home is a major battle for Wael Saadi, who has to jump over a metre-wide ditch carrying his three-year-old child. The hole has been dug near their small building for repair and maintenance of power and water cables, and is just one of many ditches, tunnels, drilling, carvings and road diversions that have become a hallmark of Abu Dhabi city. Officials say the projects involve construction of new buildings, expansion and maintenance of old buildings, new car parks, street ...  >>MORE

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Corniche road expansion


Airport tunnel to be ready by March


Bridge over creek to have 5 lanes


Digital traffic signs planned for Dubai


Dedicated track for joggers coming up in Al Mamzar


New 12-lane creek bridge plans unveiled


New Abu Dhabi Corniche Road opened


Work on longest tunnel in Mideast on schedule


Abu Dhabi steps up road network expansion for growing traffic


Dh33m interchange to replace Al Khan bridge


Hamdan approves Dh 25.6 m tenders for road projects


Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum approves Dh21.3 million project


Shindagha maintenance approved


Work on new bridge to start in September


New Dh635m link to Abu Dhabi


UAE road infrastructure wins global accolades


Gardens Mall begins work on interchange


Work on airport tunnel gathers pace


22 underpasses nearly ready


Ras Al Khor bridge to ease traffic flow


Footbridges at busiest crossings spell end of danger to pedestrians in hurry


Abu Dhabi begins work on new tunnel


Dh286m road works in Dubai nearing completion


Abu Dhabi braces for traffic chaos


Abu Dhabi builds tunnels to protect pedestrians


Municipality set to commence work on landmark tunnel beneath airport


New Sharjah-RAK highway cost pegged at Dh150m


Little pain for massive developmental gain


Sharjah ring road phase one on schedule


Excavation work begins for biggest tunnel in Mideast


Capital to get 22 pedestrian underpasses


Work in full swing on Abu Dhabi underpass


Al Ain department to tag street numbers for better identification


Abu Dhabi launches major road expansion projects


Pedestrian subway opened on Salam road


Longest tunnel in Mideast to come up near Dubai airport


Designs finalised for two interchanges


Al Maktoum bridge expansion work completed


Al Manara Interchange to be replaced


Bridge expansion in final stages - official


Construction disrupts life in Abu Dhabi