Back to school in UAE: Smooth traffic on day 1, some delays reported

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on August 29, 2021
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Roads surrounding the school witnessed light congestions

As thousands of pupils returned to campus on Sunday, reports of the traffic situation in the Emirates was smooth-flowing, according to traffic watchdogs and live traffic reports on Google Maps.

While the Sharjah – Dubai E11 Al Ittihad road and the Mohammed bin Zayed E311 highways witnessed the usual morning congestion, inner school district roads had smooth flowing traffic.

Slow-moving traffic on E311 stretched all the way from the Sharjah Industrial area up to Rashidiya in Dubai.

Roads surrounding the school district in Dubai’s Al Gharoud area also witnessed light congestions.

According to Dubai Police, an accident occurred on the Water Canal bridge at Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction of the World Trade Centre at 10am, resulting in traffic delays. Commuters were advised to exercise extra caution.

Slow-moving traffic also caused delays for commuters in Sharjah's Al Gharb district. Intersections in the industrial areas and Al Qusais were also chock-a-block from 7am to 10am.

Javed Khamisani, operator of the community-based Twitter handle @trafficdxb, said, “Traffic on Sunday was not as intense as per usual standards. It was smooth flowing all over, with the exception of a few key school districts. Moreover, it was a mixed bag in terms of parents using school buses and dropping their kids to school.”

He added, “As usual, the E311 Sharjah – Dubai highway witnessed heavy traffic. The roads leading to Academic City were also congested.”

Khamisani noted that school districts in Barsha South, Garhoud, and Hessa Street were also crowded this morning.

"I think the traffic situation will return to pre-pandemic levels after October 3 once all students return to campus. Once Expo 2020 begins, I suppose the traffic situation would be a little bit more intense, especially in the second half of the day,” he said.

Khamisani said dedicated school bus lines could be used, especially in old Dubai districts such as Bur Dubai and Karama to ease congestion. “However, in the dedicated school districts, the roads leading to schools are pretty narrow. Using dedicated lanes would mean more congestion.”

He also predicts that the overall traffic situation in Dubai should intensify in the days to come as the country has opened up for visit visa holders.


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On Saturday, the Dubai Police General Command urged motorists to drive safely while kicking off its annual awareness campaign ‘A Day Without Accidents’. The campaign, this year, organised awareness campaigns among motorists, parents, pupils, and academic personnel on the importance of complying with precautionary measures against Covid-19.

Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of the general department of traffic at Dubai Police, said, “We’ve managed to remarkably reduce the number of road-related fatalities per 100,000. However, it’s extremely important that we continue to sustain the safety awareness initiatives, particularly during the academic year when our dear pupils are transported.”

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Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for over ten years. For Khaleej Times, she covers NRI affairs, civil aviation, and immigration issues among other things. She completed her BA in Journalism, Economics and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008 and is currently pursuing her MA in Leadership and Innovation in Contemporary Media at the American University in Dubai. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves food, and is mom to an over-enthusiastic Labrador retriever. Tweet at her @shootsprintrite.

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