‘No his­tory in street names’

Se­cu­rity chief crit­i­cal of com­mit­tee

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk ali.shouk@7days.ae

New names given to streets in Jumeirah don’t make sense and they should have been named af­ter Sheikhs and UAE icons in­stead, Dubai’s top se­cu­rity of­fi­cial has said.

Lt Gen Dahi Khal­fan bin Tamim, Head of Gen­eral Se­cu­rity for the Emi­rate of Dubai, tweeted the Roads and Trans­port Author­ity (RTA), say­ing the names are mean­ing­less.

He wrote: “Names of our streets here are Al Ba­gara street go­ing to Al Sa­maa street then to Al Daqal – couldn’t you find de­cent names for Jumeirah streets?”

Bin Tamim said that if he was a mem­ber of the street nam­ing com­mit­tee he would use names such as Saeed, Mak­toum, Rashid, Mo­hammed, Ham­dan, Hasher and Ju­maa.

Af­ter read­ing his tweets, the RTA re­sponded by say­ing street nam­ing is not its re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The RTA said: “Thanks for your notes and we want to clar­ify that nam­ing Dubai’s streets is done by a com­mit­tee. The head of the com­mit­tee is Hus­sain Lootah, Head of Dubai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and it con­tains gov­ern­ment mem­bers and known fam­i­lies.

“The RTA role is only print­ing the names on sign­boards and plac­ing them on the streets.”

Bin Tamim said many res­i­dents are un­happy with the names, adding Dubai must main­tain the her­itage of older districts such as Jumeirah. “The com­mit­tee that named the streets wiped out ev­ery­thing that is his­tor­i­cally known in our ar­eas and our fam­i­lies and districts,” Bin Tamim tweeted.

Dubai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity also replied to his posts on Twit­ter, say­ing that they wel­comed his opin­ion.

It tweeted: “We re­spect Gen­eral Dahi’s opin­ion and also re­spect the com­mit­tee’s work on nam­ing the streets to pro­tect the her­itage. The com­mit­tee mem­bers were cho­sen from all Dubai ar­eas.”

Streets in Jumeirah are be­ing changed from num­bers to names to make them eas­ier to find and re­mem­ber.

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