Friday, April 20, 2007

Dubai roads will connect to Business Bay

Some of Dubai’s main roads will be soon be crossed by a canal to connect the prestigious Business Bay project with the Gulf. Business Bay has been planned as a new commercial and business cluster built on the banks of an extension of the Dubai Creek.

Under new plans approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, a 2.2kmlong canal will connect the Creek extension with the Dubai coastline.

The development plan means that parts of Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Road will be under water. Yesterday Sheikh Mohammed approved plans drawn by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) for new structures along these three roads, which will eventually act as bridges over the planned canal.

The water canal, which will be wider than 100 metres, will pass through Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 2, and Jumeirah Road. The massive project is scheduled for completion by 2010.

According to the RTA plans, the Sheikh Zayed Road bridge over the canal will have six lanes in each direction.The bridges on Al Wasl and Jumeirah Roads will have three lanes in each direction. The bridges will be 8.5 metres high over the canal.

The cost of the road projects in the area will be more than Dh1 billion, said Mattar Al Tayer, CEO and Chairman of the RTA Board. The RTA will also be building roads parallel to the canal in the Jumeirah and Al Safa Areas. Pedestrians will be able to cross via pedestrian lanes on the four bridges.

In addition, the authority will build stations for marine public transport along the banks of the canal. There are plans to develop green space and recreational areas along the canal banks. Dubai Business Bay is intended to maintain Dubai as the region’s business capital and developers promise it will be similar to New York’s Manhattan and Tokyo’s Ginza business centre.

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