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Dubai opens new roads as Expo 2020 construction continues

Dubai opens new roads as Expo 2020 construction continues

About 22km of new bridges and roads in Dhs1.3bn project

A number of new roads have opened in Dubai ahead of Expo 2020, as construction for the event continues.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on August 31 that phases three and four of its road projects for Expo 2020 had been opened. The two phases combined cost an estimated Dhs1.3bn, and include about 22 kilometres in total of new bridges and roads.

Major new works completed by the RTA include the intersections of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street with Expo and Al Yalayes Streets, the widening of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street (from two to five lanes, in each direction), and the construction of two flyovers on Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street at Dubai Investment Park.

Phases one and two of the roads projects saw 43 kilometres of new roads built. Phases five and six are expected to include 11 kilometres of new roads, and four kilometres in total of new bridges. The projects are slated to be completed before Expo 2020 begins in October 2020.

As construction continues, more than half of Expo 2020’s Emirati staff are women, new statistics reveal.

Of the UAE nationals employed at Expo 2020, 60 per cent are Emirati women, according to a report carried by Emirates News Agency (WAM) marking Emirati Women’s Day (August 28).

Read: Women make up more than half of Expo 2020’s Emirati employees

WAM spoke with a number of Emirati women about their work at Expo 2020. One of those was Maryam Al Safran, director of Expo 2020’s schools programme. She said: “As an Emirati woman, I am fortunate to be part of this national project.”

Other Emirati women in senior roles at Expo 2020 include Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, minister of State for International Cooperation and director-general of the Expo 2020 Office.

Earlier in August, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, visited the Expo 2020 site to inspect progress.

The six-month long event, which opens its doors on October 20, 2020, features pavilions representing 195 countries. Scheduled to run until April 21, 2021, more than 25 million visits are expected.

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