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Sheikh Mohammed approves $136m contract for Dubai roads upgrade

Project aims to enhance the link between Dubai and Sharjah besides easing traffic congestions

Sheikh Mohammed approves $136m contract for Dubai roads upgrade
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Sheikh Mohammed has approved the awarding of a contract that will ease congestion around Dubai International Airport.

The contract, worth $136 million (AED500m), will provide a parallel and supporting corridor to the ‘Airport Road Improvement Project’ that the RTA is currently implementing at a cost of $133 million (AED490m).

The project will see a widening of Tripoli Road over a 6.5 km stretch from the intersection with the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (near Mirdif City Centre) up to the Academic City Road.

It also includes the construction of a new 5.3 km road of three lanes in each direction from the intersection of the Academic City up to the Emirates Road, creating a corridor of almost 12 km.


The project includes a link between the corner of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Emirate Road

As part of the contract, there will be four new interchanges construction, comprising a tunnel and three bridges and reduce waiting times at junctions from three minutes down to under one.

“The project aims to enhance the link between Dubai and Sharjah besides easing traffic congestions, streamlining traffic movement and stepping up safety along this corridor,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

“Upon completion, the project will act as a parallel to Al Amardi–Al Khawaneej as well as Al Awir-Ras Al Khor corridors. The new project has an intake of about 12,000 vehicles per hour in both directions (6,000 vehicles per hour per direction) and is set to ease the traffic flow on these two corridors by 30%.”

Al Tayer added, “The projects implement the directives of Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to immediately start construction of several projects and transit systems recently approved by His Highness.”

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