The heart of Old Dubai is to get a new bridge inspired by the mathematical symbol for infinity.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, accompanied by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, launched the AED 394 million Shindagha Bridge Project.
Part of the ongoing AED 5 billion Shindagha Corridor Project, which will eventually extend 13 kilometres along Sheikh Rashid Street, Al Mina, Al Khaleej and Cairo Streets, the 295-metre long bridge will rise 15.5 metres above Dubai Creek. Made of about 2,400 tons of steel, the feat of engineering has six lanes for vehicles and a pedestrian crossing. We’ll need to wait a little while to see the finished product, which involves the construction of 10 junctions, as it will be completed in 2022.
Shindagha is one of the oldest areas of Dubai and was home to Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai from 1912-1958, whose former house is now a museum that’s well worth a visit. The Shindagha Tunnel opened in 1975 to connect Al Ras, Deira and Al Shindagha under Dubai Creek. The Shindagha Corridor Project to revamp the area began in 2016 and has seen maintenance of the Tunnel, which carries 55,000 vehicles in each direction every day. In May 2018, phase two of the project rolled out, including the construction of two bridges on the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street, a one-lane bridge from Zabeel Street in the direction of Sheikh Rashid Street, and a tunnel on Sheikh Rashid Street in the direction of Al Mankhoul Junction.
As well as construction of Shindagha Bridge, Phases III, IV and V of the project will see more improvements made in the neighbourhood, including the construction of Deira Southern Island, a group of artificial island that will be home to a huge night souk and massive mall. All works are expected to be complete by 2027.