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Beautification plan unveiled for Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced plans to expand greenery and introduce beautification along Sheikh Zayed Road, the main artery of Dubai.

Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced plans to expand greenery and introduce beautification along Sheikh Zayed Road, the main artery of Dubai.

The programme will include the widening of pavements and the use of water elements.

"The plan is to widen the pavement in the immediate vicinity of towers, with a view to creating a pedestrian zone with trees and terraces for coffee shops and restaurants," said Nabeel Mohammed Saleh, director of the roads department. "The project also includes introduction of unique aspects of architectural arts to open courts such as stereographs, water elements, illumination, greens, shaded sitting areas, jogging tracks, and other elements capable of providing a live and highly attractive atmosphere; rendering a special and unique style for that area which will be thoroughly upgraded."

Approximately US$23 million will be spent on the project, the RTA said.

The project, which starts in May, is part of a master plan by the authority to enhance the appearance of Dubai roads and squares. The plan also aims to improve the pedestrian experience in Dubai, Nabeel added. This could be achieved through providing an attractive setting in the parking spaces, public courts and paths for pedestrians and cyclists, he said.

Work is expected to start in May.

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