Dubai traffic alert: RTA warns residents to expect delays on key roads today

Motorists have been urged to plan their journey accordingly or take alternative route

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Published: Wed 22 Feb 2023, 10:41 PM

Last updated: Thu 23 Feb 2023, 4:32 PM

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Wednesday warned residents of traffic delays on February 23 on several key roads due to a major cycling event.

The UAE Tour 2023, which kicked off on February 20, is reaching its Dubai leg today.

Departing from Shindagha, the first part of the Dubai stage begins on the edge of the city before entering the desert and touching on classic stopover locations such as Al Qudra Cycle track and Expo City Dubai. The cyclists will then arrive at the Palm Jumeirah, on Crescent Rd, before returning to the base of the Palm and Dubai Harbour.

Keeping the routes in mind, RTA has announced that drivers must expect delays on the following key roads in the emirate on Thursday (February 23) from 12.30pm to 4.30pm. The authority urged motorists to plan their journey accordingly or take alternative routes.

At 2.31pm, Dubai Police shared that the cyclists hit Expo City. Find the next area to be affected in the full list of roads below:

>> Al Shindagha

>> Infinity Bridge

>> Al Khaleej St.

>> Sheikh Rashid Road

>> Oud Metha St

>> Al Asayel St.

>> Al Marabea St.

>> Dubai Hills

>> Umm Suqeim St.

>> Al Qudra St.

>> Saih Al Salam St.

>> Lehbab Rd.

>> Expo Rd.

>> Expo City Dubai

>> Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan St.

>> Al Yalayis St.

>> Al Khamila St.

>> Hessa St.

>> Palm Jumeirah

>> King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud St.

>> Dubai Harbour

Routes are expected to be temporarily closed to motorists as the race passes through.

Traffic will be temporarily suspended for 10 to 15 minutes at specific intersections while cyclists are passing, the RTA said. "Once the last competitor passes, normal traffic flow will resume."

Seven stages

Across seven stages, sixteen UCI WorldTeams will be joined by four UCI ProTeams that will race along the unique roads of the Middle East, starting and finishing in Abu Dhabi.

The tour is taking place from February 20 to 26.

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