‘No history in street names’
Security chief critical of committee
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.
TWEETS: Dahi Khalfan