Dubai's JLT residents in fury over traffic chaos

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Residents at Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) have hit out at ongoing traffic chaos at the community, with some saying they may consider relocating if the issue is not resolved soon.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is spending AED450m on upgrading roads around the development which could eventually ease the flow of traffic, but works have in recent weeks caused gridlock while coming into and leaving the area during rush hour.

Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), the authority responsible for the development, said recently that traffic problems were likely to continue for another eight weeks, prompting some of JLT’s 30,000 residents to rethink their decision to live there.

“It’s ridiculous. I’ve been here for almost two years now and the traffic during rush hour has always been awful,” said Dave Baker, a British expat who lives in the area. “My lease is up in a few months time and if JLT don’t pull their finger out I might end up looking for somewhere else to live.”

Others took to online social networks to vent their frustration at tailbacks at the development, which have been ever present since JLT opened more than three years ago.

“I will never forgive whoever developed the JLT road system,” wrote Rich Thayne on social network Twitter.

“JLT traffic is screwed again tonight I see. There were a few days when things ran relatively smoothly,” added another Twitter users, Stuart Crocker.

The current works at JLT will see the construction of a road linking Sheikh Zayed Road with Al Khail and Sheikh Mohammed roads, but some have questioned the way the project was originally designed.

“Poor infrastructure planning and greed... the roads [are] just not adequate for the density of the project,” tweeted Alex Andarakis.

Earlier this month, DMCC sent an email to JLT residents urging them to use the Dubai Metro, car pool, or change their working hours in order to avoid the development’s nightmare traffic.

“We have been advised that there will be several road diversions in JLT as the RTA road networks are nearing completion... it is likely that the congestion will continue in the coming days. We therefore suggest, wherever possible, motorists consider making alternate arrangements when travelling to and from JLT,” that email read.

Located on the opposite side of Sheikh Zayed Road to Dubai Marina, JLT is one of the emirate’s largest free zones, and is home to more than 6,500 companies and 30,000 residents. According to DMCC, about 75,000 people live and work in the development.

DMCC is currently filling in one of the development’s four lakes to make way for a community park, and will later this year fill in half of another one to build a mosque and car park.

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Posted by: Ahmed Bin Sulayem

Friends & Foes I'm officially writing for KippReport, any subject you have in mind email me at executivechairman@dmcc.ae & I'll do my best to address or touch on them while I cover the commodities market & other matters :)

This was a fun live debate

Posted by: Steady

Have noticed there is smooth flowing traffic in JLT yesterday and today (closing the Almas exit was so stupid!) that too with the major connections to Shk Zayed Road and Al Khail Road yet to open, so what was hullabaloo all about! some people having nothing better to do than whine and groan!

Posted by: Asd

You would think that the Chairman of the largest free zone in Dubai, the DMCC, would have much better things to take care of than responding to every comment and criticism on Twitter, AB and his email.

You don't see heads of other companies doing this, as they actually have work to do.

Posted by: Jamie

@Asd: Come on, be fair. IMO it's very refreshing to have someone respond to comments being left here. As you say it doesn't usually happen.

I may not agree with everything he says, but I applaud the fact that he doesn't hide away or ignore the opinions posted here.

Posted by: Paul

Ahmed,
Did you realize that we were discussing urban planning?
Is it that difficult to acknowledge a problem when it?s out there in front of everybody?s eyes? How do expect to deal with it, if you insist in denying its existence?
My point is that Dubai is a city that is the making from scratch in many of these clusters we mentioned here (for the last 2 decades), and it missed a great opportunity to be a great modern city.
Nobody here was talking about security but if you wish to do so, I will them bring you Singapore, Hong Kong Seoul and Tokyo to match the excellent Dubai's security standards.

Posted by: Ahmed Bin Sulayem

@Mohammad

That's why JLT has a one way road system which I forced into the plan before the RTA was established, any alternations in JLT roads are temperately done by the RTA. Currently they are putting in some great additions that takes a few weeks. We have yet to see the final results of the RTA, contact them via their twitter account @RTA_Dubai & get the clarification on all of Dubai not just Dubai Marina & JLT.

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