RTA expects Dubai Tour road closures to have minimal impact on traffic

Dubai Tour 2017's traffic management plan unveiled, with road closures expected to last no more than ten minutes
Jerseys are presented during press conference unveiling Dubai Tour 2017 official Jerseys and cycling race route on December 13, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Sun 29 Jan 2017 10:59 AM

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled its traffic management plan for the five-day Dubai Tour 2017, it announced on Saturday.

The fourth edition of the event, which kicks off on the January 31st morning and will continue through February 4th, has attracted 16 teams competing in five stages over a combined distance of 865 kilometres. The tour starts from Dubai and runs across six emirates.

Maitha bin Adai, chief executive officer, RTA’s Traffic & Roads Agency and chairperson of the team managing traffic movement and operational plans, said that necessary arrangements are in place to manage the traffic movement in coordination with tour organisers.

“The tour will not last more than 10 minutes on every part of the impacted streets, following which the traffic will be restored back to normal,” she said.

The main signalised junctions will be programmed according to the planned stages and announced timings. The tour will be crossing some districts and streets in Dubai from 10:30 am to 03:30 pm as follows:

First stage

The first stage starts on January 31 from Dubai International Marine Sports Club at King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Street to Palm Jumeirah for a distance of about 181 kilometres. It heads towards Sheikh Zayed Road, Jebel Ali-Lehbab Street, Dubai-Al Ain Street, Al Lisaili Street, Al Qudra Street, Emirates Street, Umm Suqeim Street, internal streets in Motor City and internal streets in Dubai Sports City. It also passes by Hesa Street, Al Asayil Street, Qarn Al Sabkha Street, Al Wurood Street, First Al Khail Street, Al Naseem Street, Al Fulk Street, Abdullah Omran Tariam Street, service road along Sheikh Zayed Road, and ends at Palm Jumeirah.

Second stage

The second stage starts on February 1 from Dubai International Marine Sports Club at King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Street and heads towards Ras Al Khaimah over a distance of 187 kilometres. It passes by Umm Suqeim Street, Al Khail Street, Ras Al Khor Street, Al Aweer Street, Emirates Street, then enters Sharjah and goes through Ras Al Khaimah.

Third stage

The third stage kicks off on Feb 2 on the proposed path from Dubai International Marine Sports Club at King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Street and heads towards Fujairah over a distance of 200 kilometres. It passes by Umm Suqeim Street, Al Khail Street, Ras Al Khor Street, Dubai-Al Ain Street, internal streets of Silicon Oasis, Academic City Street, Al Aweer Street and Emirates street in the direction of Sharjah and down to Fujairah.

Fourth stage

The fourth stage starts on Feb 3 from Dubai International Marine Sports Club at King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Street to Hatta over a distance of 172 kilometres. It passes by Umm Suqeim Street, Al Khail Street, Ras Al Khor Street, Aweer Street and Hatta-Oman Street towards Sharjah and Fujairah and down to the Hatta.

Fifth Stage

The fifth and final stage kick-starts on February 4 from Dubai International Marine Sports Club at King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Street to Walk City over a distance of 127 kilometres. It passes by Umm Suqeim Street, Al Asayil Street, Oasis Street, First Al Khail Street, Meydan Street, Dubai-Al Ain Street, Oud Metha Street, Al Khail Street, Rabat Street, Tripoli Street, Mushrif Park, Al Khawaneej Street, 222 Street, Tunisia Street, Al Nahda Street, Damascus Street, Baghdad Street and Cairo Street. The route of the tour also passes on Al Mamzar Beach Street, Al Khaleej Street and Baniyas Street. Crossing through Al Maktoum Bridge, the tour passes on Khalid bin Waleed Street, Al Musalla Street in Bur Dubai, Al Fahidi Street, Ali bin Abi Talib Street, Ghubaiba Street, Al Falah Street, Al Khaleej Street, Sheikh Rashid Street, Jumeirah Street, Umm Al Sheef Street, Al Wasl Street, Al Safa Street, and down to the Finish point in City Walk.

Maitha urged road users to cooperate with the authorties concerned to ensure the success of the event by adhering to the traffic instructions and directional signage set for streamlining the traffic movement in the said locations in Dubai over the five days.

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