Sheikh Mohammed approves AED 2 billion spend on Dubai–Al Ain Road

Your commute could become quicker if you’re a frequent rider of the Dubai-Al Ain road AKA, the E66, which connects Downtown Dubai with Al Ain.

Dubai’s Ruler has approved huge two billion dirham make-over, including expanding the highway from three to six lanes in each direction.

The work will be carried out by the RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) over two phases and will include additional highway lanes, bridges and service roads as well as upgrading interchanges and links to other connected roads.

This will come as welcome news for motorists using these roadways to commute, particularly with part of the first phase due to for completion as early as the first half of 2020.

Here’s what Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice president and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, has signed off:

Big numbers

  • A 17km section of road will have the number of lanes doubled from three to six in each direction.
  • The intake will also double potential traffic flow from 6,000 to 12,000 vehicles per hour.
  • Transit time between Emirates Road interchange and Oud Metha Street will reduce by half, from 16 minutes to eight minutes.

Phase 1

At a cost of about AED 1.3 billion, the initial stages of development will include improving the section of road between Emirates Road interchange and the Mohammed bin Zayed Road interchange.

The work will focus on upgrading the junction with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (due to be completed in the first six months of 2020); improving the junction with Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road, and linking it with the extension of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Road; updating the existing ramp that serves the inbound traffic from, and creating a flyover for westbound traffic of the Dubailand Residential Complex; and a new flyover will be constructed to serve the traffic coming from Dubai heading northward to the Academic City and the Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Phase 2

Estimated a cost of around AED 740 million. The Nad Al Sheba interchange will be upgraded, with improvements to the existing bridge; work will be also be done the interchange of Al Meydan Street, linking it with Al Manama Street (with a four-lane bridge).

We’re already dreaming of a smoother drive home!

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