Dubai to get 36 extra bridges, new roads and more trees
Dubai - There is also an expansion plan of the Burj Khalifa Metro station in light of huge population growth in the Burj area.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has commended the infrastructure projects being implemented by RTA Dubai as part of its 2030 strategy, in line with Dubai Strategic Comprehensive Plan 2021, to achieve sustainable development.
While visiting the RTA's head-office in Umm Al Ramol district, Dubai, he hailed the RTA work team's efforts, including those of engineers, technicians and managers, led by Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the board and Executive Director of the authority.
"Each achievement scored in Dubai is an achievement for our beloved country and its successive generations," Shaikh Mohammed said.
In the presence of Al Tayer, Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director-General of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai and a number of directors, the RTA work team demonstrated before Shaikh Mohammed the traffic and transport plan until 2030, which included a set of projects.
He urged for high quality and timely delivery, especially the projects related with Expo 2020 Dubai, in Jebel Ali.
Shaikh Mohammed was briefed on designs and components of a number of vital projects, including Shindagha Crossing, which was designed to become a special landmark in Dubai. He was also briefed on the details of the five-year plan of the RTA for 2017-2021 to pave internal roads in 16 residential districts in Dubai city.
The plan also includes planting and beautifying the roads to protect the environment in line with the strategy to achieve the green economy in the city. Trees will be planted in a number of areas, covering more than 600 hectares, by the first quarter of next year.
The work team also presented before Shaikh Mohammed, plans about entrances and exits of the Jewel Creek project, which includes the construction of a pedestrian bridge on Baniyas Road and the intersection between Jebel Ali Lehbab and Qudra streets as well as a flyover bridge for bicycles.
He was also briefed on project designs of shipping docks on the Dubai Water Canal and Commercial Bay, inspired by local marine life. He chose one of the designs that matches local architecture in the region and envisages provision of tinted shades to serve tourists, visitors and users of public transportation.
There is also an expansion plan of the Burj Khalifa Metro station in light of huge population growth in the Burj area and increase in the number of metro users, having reached about 6,000 passengers per hour during the month of January.
The capacity of the station is expected to be enhanced approximately to 180,000 passengers daily after the expansion.
Shaikh Mohammed praised the setting up of a 120-metre long pedestrian bridge connecting Al Sufouh and Western streets in the JBR area. It is designed to allow free movement of pedestrians in different directions and will be completed by early 2017.
He was also briefed about the traffic and transport plan until 2030. Among the projects that were presented was the traffic solution project, with the aim to enhance the traffic flow in the vicinity of Expo 2020 Dubai. The project includes the implementation of 36 extra bridges. It will be completed in five stages by November 2019.
Major projects in the offing:
> Shindagha Crossing
> Trees to be planted in 600 hectares in the first quarter of 2017
> Entrances and exits of Jewel Creek project, including the construction of a pedestrian bridge on Baniyas Road
> Shipping docks on Dubai Water Canal and Commercial bay
> Expansion plan of Burj Khalifa Metro station
> 120m-long pedestrian bridge connecting Al Sufouh and Western streets in the JBR area
> 36 extra bridges to be constructed as part of the traffic solution project, to be completed by Nov 2019
> Development of Dubai Airport Road.
Shaikh Mohammed being briefed about the RTA's infrastructure projects by Mattar Al Tayer at the authority's headquarters in Umm Al Ramol on Saturday. - Wam