Put Google Maps on notice, there’s a new way to get around Business Bay.
Driving around the neighbourhood should get easier from Friday (8th June) with the opening of Phase II of the Parallel Roads Improvement Project.
Construction has been going on since last year, but it’s about to finish, although at the central pedestrian crossing over Happiness Street (Al Sa’ada), work is very much ongoing. Two new tunnels, two underpasses, a flyover and two bridges should be ready for drivers (and horses) to use by the weekend.
- 240-metre flyover on the intersection of Al Sa’ada and Burj Khalifa Boulevard Streets
- 535m underpass where Al Sa’ada (Happiness) and Business Bay Streets meet
- 500-m bridge along the extension of Al Sa’ada Street, crossing Dubai Water Canal
- 420-m bridge at the junction between Meydan and First Al Khail Streets
- 420-m tunnel for left-side turns from Al Sa’ada Street to Meydan Street
- 340-m underpass for horses crossing at the Dubai Stables.
Roads between Al Meydan and Financial Streets across Business Bay have also been widened from three to four lanes in each direction.
Here’s a handy map showing how traffic will flow:
The Parallel Roads Project is a wonderful creation that aims to ease traffic density on Sheikh Zayed Road between Business Bay and Burj Khalifa Districts by 15 per cent. It’s predicted journey times from the Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Street will drop from 12 to 2.5 minutes and this will also reduce traffic pressure on Financial Centre Street.Business Bay named among the coolest places to live in the world .
Phase one of the Parallel Roads Project saw 3.5 kilometre three-lane bridge built across Dubai Water Canal at Godolphin District in November 2017. A new two-lane bridge for northbound traffic coming from Al Khail Street to Al Asayel Street was also constructed.
Hopefully all these new roads will ease snarls around Business Bay exits on the Sheikh Zayed Road and smooth traffic flow on Al Sa’ada Street. It’s also good news for commuters who’ve been walking through roadworks to and from Business Bay Metro.