Video: Sheikh Mohammed inaugurates new roads connecting various emirates Video: Sheikh Mohammed inaugurates new roads connecting various emirates
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Video: Sheikh Mohammed inaugurates new roads connecting various emirates

Video: Sheikh Mohammed inaugurates new roads connecting various emirates

New infrastructure projects worth Dhs1.95bn have been launched in the UAE


A series of road networks and strategic development projects worth Dhs1.95bn have been inaugurated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The three road projects which link Sharjah’s Mleiha with Abu Dhabi’s Al Shuwaib; Hatta Dubai with Ajman’s Masfout and Al Qour Mountain in Ras Al Khaimah; and Sharjah’s Al Madam with Hatta Dubai aim to shorten the distance and transportation time between various regions and emirates in the country.

They are also expected to facilitate commercial growth and encourage domestic tourism, a statement said.

Featuring a total gross road length of 112km, the road projects include a network of tracks, roads, intersections and bridges in three main axes.

The first project, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road, is a new route that represents an extension of the Sheikh Khalifa Road (E84) leading to Fujairah. This axis extends from the intersection of Sheikh Khalifa Road with Sharjah-Kalba Road (E102) and continues through the Mleiha area and Al Madam area in Sharjah and ends in the Al Shuwaib area in Abu Dhabi. The 52km route has three lanes in each direction, with a speed of 140 km/h.

The second road is the 42km Al-Watan Road, which has three lanes in each direction and a speed of 120 km/h. This axis extends from the Hatta area, passing through the Masfout area in Ajman, the Almunaee area and the mountains of Wadi Al Qor in Ras Al Khaimah and intersects with the first axis in the Mleiha area in Sharjah.

The third part of the project is the Dubai-Hatta Road, which includes the development and improvement of the current Dubai-Hatta road between Nizwa and Al Madam areas within Sharjah, with three lanes in each direction instead of two lanes, at a speed of 120 km/h. The road includes the construction of an upper crossing for vehicles in the Madam area and two bridges over the Madam roundabout. The project also includes the development of the current lower crossing leading to Al Nizwa area and the construction of four pedestrian bridges in the Madam area.

The project aims to improve traffic safety and the flow of vehicles on the road.

Overall, the new projects will shorten the distance between Al Madam roundabout and the Hatta area from 115km to 95km, reducing transportation time by 30 minutes and cut the distance between Al Shiwayb area and Fujairah from 115km to 93km, which will reduce the journey time by 15 minutes.

Sheikh Mohammed said: “We are constantly seeking to implement new strategic projects that can generate economic value by more closely integrating various regions in the country, enhancing productivity and creating fresh investment prospects, which in turn can bring new opportunities for the country’s people and institutions.

“The UAE remains committed to providing the public and private sectors with the resources needed to accelerate growth and innovation.”

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs added: “The UAE leadership considers infrastructure development as one of its highest priorities since it is key to opening new horizons for economic growth and development. The country aims to create infrastructure that is among the world’s best and our strategic projects are designed to further enhance the UAE’s high global ranking in economic, social and quality of life indicators.”

The implementation of the new road projects was supervised by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and the Etihad Water and Electricity company.

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